By Marianna Appel Kunow
This account of the perform of conventional Maya drugs examines the paintings of curers in Pisté, Mexico, a small city within the Yucatán Peninsula close to the ruins of Chichén Itzá. The traditions of plant use and ethnomedicine utilized via those healers were transmitted from one iteration to the subsequent because the colonial interval through the country of Yucatán and the adjacent states of Campeche and Quintana Roo.
In addition to vegetation, conventional healers use Western medication and conventional rituals that come with magical parts, for curing in Yucatán is immediately deeply non secular and empirically orientated, addressing difficulties of the physique, spirit, and brain. Curers both study from elders or are recruited via revelatory goals. the lads who study their talents via desires speak with supernatural beings by way of divining stones and crystals. a number of the locals recognize their scientific abilities; a few disparage them as rustics or vilify them as witches. The curer may well act as a physician, priest, and psychiatrist.
This booklet lines the complete strategy of curing. the writer accrued vegetation with conventional healers and saw their strategies together with prayer and therapeutic massage in addition to plant drugs, western medication, and formality practices. Plant drugs, she came across, used to be the typical denominator, and her e-book contains info at the crops she labored with and studied.
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Dysentery R. Buboes okay. zits Oxalis latifolia Kunth dermis diseases Passiflora foetida L. Sores Persea americana Miller fit for human consumption fruit, diarrhea, dermis therapy Piscidia piscipula (L. ) Sargent (ﬁgure ) condominium building (Piscidia erythrina L. ) R. bronchial asthma (Ichthyomethia communis Blake) ok. Coughs Psidium guajava L. fit to be eaten fruit, diarrhea Psittacanthus americanus (Jacq. ) Mart. R. Buboes, sores ok. Swellings, inﬂammations Rauwolfia heterophylla L. Sores Rhoeo discolor (L’Her) Hance dermis diseases Ricinus communis L. (ﬁgure ) R. ache within the bowels ok. Worms Rivina humilis L. dermis illnesses Salvia coccinea L. R. Cavities okay. Sores, painkiller Sapindus saponaria L. cleaning soap Selenicereus donkelaarii (Salm. -Dyck) epidermis diseases Sida acuta Burm. (ﬁgure ) Coughs Urera caracasana (Jacq. ) Griseb. (ﬁgure . )Stomach court cases (Urera microcarpa Wedd. ) R. Aching bones ok. physique aches word list The Mayan and Spanish phrases that seem during this e-book, except plant names, are indexed alphabetically. Deﬁnitions are drawn from dictionaries, the references pointed out, and private adventure. on the grounds that this word list is designed for English audio system, Ch isn't really handled as a separate letter, as in Spanish. The (x-) preﬁx exhibits the female shape in Yucatec Mayan phrases. The Spanish phrases suﬃxed through (-a) point out the female shape and people suﬃxed via (-o) point out the masculine shape. aire almud alux air or chilly that enters the physique and factors disorder. size equivalent to 4 pounds. small beings who've human types and will be mischievous if no longer propitiated with foodstuff. a few curers ponder them to be the helpers of the balams. balam actually, “jaguar”; type of supernaturals who seem to curers in desires and educate practitioners their talents. also they are, extra ordinarily, thought of to be the guardians of Mayan villages, yet their habit towards people could be capricious or punishing. balche ceremonial wine made up of Lonchocarpus longistylus Pittier. additionally, the tree itself. bilis actually bile or biliousness. A “hot” affliction because of over the top emotion, specially anger. calentura fever. ch’a chaac rainmaking rite. chaparrito(-a) anyone brief in stature, “runt. ” ch’en zahi practitioner who treats sprains and dislocations. chubasco tropical rainstorm. comadre mom or godmother (with admire to every other); shut pal; neighbor (female). comadrona midwife. consultorio dispensary. curandero(-a) curing practitioner. defensa magical protection; safeguard. delantal apron; part of conventional male gown (obsolete? ). (x) dzadzac herbalist. ejido public land; group estate; commons frío chilly; susceptible; sterile (a woman); any of a fancy of debilitating ailments (usually in women). dad or mum custodian of an archaeological or historic website. (x) h-men Maya curers who make the most of sastuns of their practices. INAH Instituto Nacional de Antropología e Historia. INI Instituto Nacional Indigenista. kaxbaac bonesetters. See p. kex rite played to alter undesirable success. kuilob kaaxob limpio loh maldad maleﬁcio masa mesas milpa monte ojo ojo de agua partera(-o) pasmo pepitas pib pibiwah posada primicia pulyah rancho remojar sabucam sancochar santiaguar sastun semejante sobador(-a) sun sortilegio tigrillo tok uayoob utzkil a bac vientos vientos malos x-hiikab x-ilah-kohan xiu yerba yerbatero(-a) yuntziloob zip zero guardians of the uncultivated wooded area.