Brujerías

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Texas Tech University Press, 2007 - Body, Mind & Spirit - 373 pages
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“He got as close as he could to observe the spectacle; his eyes could hardly believe what he saw. Circled around the huge bonfire were many witches dancing and making all kinds of gestures amidst laughs, screams, and bursts of laughter as they sang all together.” Recounted in Spanish and in English translation, these tales of sorcerers, fiendish witches, La Llorona, the vanishing hitchhiker, ghostly apparitions, and balls of fire will fascinate and spook readers of all ages and backgrounds. The sixty-four narrators in Brujerías range in age from seventeen to ninety-eight years old. Their stories come from a variety of Southwestern states as well as Latin America and demonstrate how the magical world of witchcraft and the supernatural connects Spain to Latin America and Latin America to North America. This rich tradition of supernatural tales illuminates an unexplored aspect of the American Southwest’s Hispanic heritage. Included are biographical information about the narrators and a glossary highlighting the regional Spanish dialect of northern New Mexico and southern Colorado.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
XXV
10
Used to Live with Witches
16
A Witch Pumpkin
22
Un viejo
33
The Cat Lost an Eye
57
EINahual
68
Brujertas navajosas
74
A Noise in Their Home
136
The Little Hands
141
A Huge PalmLike Growth
147
StrangeLooking Objects
153
Se oian unospasos
179
Las manitas
185
Un mono
191
La nina
213

THREE
80
A Terrible Ball of Fire
86
Bolas de lumbre
96
FOUR
107
Malevolent Witches
113
Embrujao
121
FIVE
130
Hombre sin cabeza
215
Evil Spirits
221
The Nahua
228
the Same
236
La Nahua
244
Los marranitos 214
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About the author (2007)

\Nasario García, a native New Mexican and leading folklorist in his state, has produced many works on New Mexican literature and folklore, including Old Las Vegas: Hispanic Memories from the New Mexico Meadowlands (TTUP 2004).

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