Healing Dramas: Divination and Magic in Modern Puerto Rico by Raquel Romberg

By Raquel Romberg

during this intimate ethnography, Raquel Romberg seeks to light up the performative importance of therapeutic rituals and magic works, their embodied nature, and their effectiveness in reworking the states of individuals by means of targeting the obvious, albeit commonly vague, ways that therapeutic and magic rituals continue. The questions posed by means of Romberg emerge at once from the actual pragmatics of Puerto Rican brujeria (witch-healing), formed by means of the eclecticism of its rituals, the heterogeneous personality of its individuals, and the heterodoxy of its ethical economic climate. What, if any, is the function of trust in magic and therapeutic rituals? How do previous discourses on ownership input into the performative adventure of formality within the the following and now? the place does trust cease, and the place do stories of the flesh start? whereas those are questions that philosophers and anthropologists of faith consider, they gather a distinct that means while requested from an ethnographic perspective.
Written in an evocative, empathetic variety, with theoretical ruminations approximately functionality, the senses, and mind's eye woven into tales that spotlight the drama and humanity of consultations, this booklet is a vital contribution to the cross-cultural figuring out of our capability to event the transcendental in corporeal ways.

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