Cleansing Rites of Curanderismo: Limpias Espirituales of Ancient Mesoamerican Shamans

Cleansing Rites of Curanderismo: Limpias Espirituales of Ancient Mesoamerican Shamans

By: Erika Buenaflor (author)Paperback

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A tutorial on the ancient practice of limpias to heal the mind, body, and soul * Offers step-by-step instructions for the practice of limpias, shamanic cleansing rituals to heal, purify, and revitalize people as well as physical spaces * Examines different types of limpia ceremonies, such as fire rites for transformation, water rites for cleansing and influencing, and sweeping rites for divination * Explores the sacred stories behind limpia rituals and traces these curanderismo practices to their indigenous roots Exploring the essential tools and practices of Mesoamerican shamans and curanderos, specifically the ancient Yukatek Maya and Mexica (Aztec), Erika Buenaflor, M.A., J.D., provides a step-by-step guide for conducting the most common practice within curanderismo: limpias. These practical and incredibly effective shamanic cleanses heal, purify, and revitalize people and spaces with herbs, flowers, eggs, feathers, fire, and water. They are also powerful tools for self-empowerment, spiritual growth, soul retrieval, rebirth, and gracefully opening up pathways for new beginnings. Sharing the story of her own complete healing from a catastrophic injury with limpias as well as inspirational testimonies from others who have experienced limpias, the author provides a personal and thoroughly practical guide to the ancient shamanic method of limpias to promote healing and personal transformation in our times.

About Author

Erika Buenaflor, M.A., J.D., has a master's degree in religious studies with a focus on Mesoamerican shamanism from the University of California at Riverside. A practicing curandera for over 20 years, descended from a long line of grandmother curanderas, she has studied with curanderas/os in Mexico, Peru, and Los Angeles and gives presentations on curanderismo in many settings, including at UCLA. She lives in Altadena, California.

Contents

An Introduction to Limpias and Curanderismo PART I The Intersection of Experience and Research 1 Coming into Being A Modern-Day Xicana Curandera 2 Historical and Cultural Background The Mexica and Yucatec Maya 3 Pre- and Postcontact Texts Sources Used and Why PART II Commonly Practiced Limpias from Ancient and Modern Perspectives 4 Platicas Ejecting Unwanted Energies from the Body 5 Fire Limpias Transformation and Renewal 6 Water Limpias Cleansing and Rebirth 7 Sweeping The Way to Purification and Revitalization 8 Sacred Spaces Creating, Vivifying, and Renewing Epilogue Notes Bibliography Index

Product Details

  • ISBN13: 9781591433118
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 216
  • ID: 9781591433118
  • weight: 361
  • ISBN10: 1591433118

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