I pre-ordered this at the request of a customers months ago and it was so thoughtful and heartfelt in exploring this liminal space and making it's own space in Mexican American magical world that I wanted to pick it up for the shop.
This love letter to the liminal is beautiful. It's a living testament to tradition, history, strength, and resilience of Mexican American culture in the modern world and the magic to be found when the two meet.
While this is not my culture or my practice, I love learning about other cultures and practices to better understand the lived lives of my friends from those cultures as well as my neighbors-the magical and non-magical alike. This book is like sitting down with a friend and listening to the stories they have to tell.
"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: 3
- Weight: 14.00oz
- Dimensions: 9.00in x 6.00in x 0.80in
- ISBN: 1578637457