MEXICO: Medicinal Magic

MEXICO Medicinal Magic Though losing ground year by year, old Indian beliefs about the magical powers of brujas (witches) are still widespread in Mexico. Awaiting trial in Zaragoza last week were two women and a man who had killed a 19-year-old girl they suspected of casting an evil spell on their house; they had burned her body and scattered the ashes "so that the spirit of witchery would go away."

But that case was exceptional; most of the magic practiced nowadays is not black (evil) but the white magic of healing. Despite laws against witchcraft, hundreds of curanderas (healers) compete with...

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