A curandera’s mission: healing the body and soul

Photo: Tina Larkin Originally published in The Taos News Patricia Padilla is an eighth-generation curandera fromEl Paso,Texas. She now lives inTaos, where she also works in her art. Her latest project is a Mayan calendar Tarot deck. Curanderismo is an ancient form of healing. The word comes from the verb curar, that in Spanish means…

Curanderismo: an old message for a new world

Patricia Padilla near her personal altar, at her Taos home “Ultimately, our thoughts and beliefs are our greatest allies in recovering health and wellbeing.” (Article originally published in Más New Mexico) The root of the word curanderismo is “curar” (to heal, in Spanish). This ancient healing method is practiced with slight variations all through Latin America…