University of New Mexico
Curanderismo: Global & Cultural Influences of Traditional Healing
University of New Mexico

Curanderismo: Global & Cultural Influences of Traditional Healing

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Eliseo (Cheo) Torres
Mario Del Angel-Guevara

Instructors: Eliseo (Cheo) Torres

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14 hours to complete
3 weeks at 4 hours a week
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What you'll learn

  • Examine Curanderismo in Latin America, Southwestern United States, Africa, Cuba, Puerto Rico, Peru, as well as the Mayan and Native American views.

  • Recognize the contributions of the famous Mexican healer Niño Fidencio and how his healing methods have been influenced by healers like Chenchito.

  • Discuss the influences of traditional medicine from indigenous beliefs, rituals & herbal medications.

  • Explain how traditional medicine has been valued throughout the generations.

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There are 5 modules in this course

In this module you will watch a rare film of the life and healings of Mexico’s most important healer, Niño Fidencio, and a great video of one of his disciples and Dr. Torres teacher and mentor, Chenchito who is interviewed about his journey in the Fidencista healing movement.

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3 videos1 reading1 quiz1 discussion prompt

Students will see a Ugandan group of traditional healers discuss the African traditional herbal remedies. Bokaye from Gabon, Africa, plays the Mogongo musical instrument, which is used in his tradition to communicate with the spirits.

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2 videos1 reading1 quiz

Sina demonstrates the ritual of honoring the four directions through dance and the vibrations of the drum. David and Pedro, explain and perform a Cuban limpia with smoke of the cigar, coconut, and other components during a spiritual cleansing.

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2 videos1 reading1 quiz

Dr. Ysamur Flores describes the use of black and red fabrics that will hold the energetic vibrations during the Osain spiritual cleansing. Asheninka Mino performs a Peruvian opening blessing and presents a ritual with the sacred tobacco. Herbalist Bernadette Torres discusses medicinal plants for women.

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2 videos1 reading1 quiz

Anthropologist Bob Vetter will demonstrate a Native American cleansing using feathers, copal smoke, and prayer. Sophia uses Mayan acupuncture to remove heat from the digestive system.

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3 videos1 reading1 quiz


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Eliseo (Cheo) Torres

Top Instructor

University of New Mexico
5 Courses41,915 learners
Mario Del Angel-Guevara

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University of New Mexico
5 Courses41,915 learners

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