American Brujeria: Modern Mexican American Folk Magic by J Allen Cross
poignant exploration of the liminal space and its unique place in the Mexican American magical world
I ordered this book months ago at the request of a customer, and upon reading it, I was moved by its poignant exploration of the liminal space and its unique place in the Mexican American magical world. The book is a tribute to the traditions, history, and resilience of Mexican American culture, and the magic that can be found when the two intersect.
As someone who is not part of this culture or practice, I have a deep appreciation for learning about other cultures and practices. This helps me better understand the lives of my friends and neighbors, both magical and non-magical. Reading this book is like having a conversation with a friend and listening to their stories.
"This book focuses on the blend of American and Mexican folk magic currently being used by those living in the US but whose roots are in the Mexican culture. This type of Mexican-American folk magic contains its own unique saints and spirits, as well as the more familiar, such as the infamous Santa Muerte. It is extremely similar to Conjure traditions of the American south and, in fact, shares a lot of crossover, demonstrating how these traditions have influenced one another"--American Brujeria is about the fascinating blend of American and Mexican folk magic currently practiced by those living in the US but whose roots are steeped in Mexican culture. The author, who has named this tradition "American brujeria," explores this magical system, while also offering practical advice on using it. American brujeria is a living, vital tradition that -- while it shares things in common with other folk magic traditions, such as American Conjure--also features its own unique traditions, as well as familiar ones, such as the veneration of saints, both canonized, such as Guadalupe, and folk saints like Santa Muerte. American Brujeria includes stories from Mexico (folk saints, the story of Guadalupe), the influence of Catholicism, the art of limpias (spiritual cleansings), spell casting, oil crafting, praying the rosary (in English and Spanish), making an altar to Guadalupe, using novena candle magic, crafting protective charms from saints' medals, and more.
- Stock: 2
- Weight: 14.00oz
- Dimensions: 9.00in x 6.00in x 0.80in
- ISBN: 1578637457