BrujerIas: Stories of Witchcraft and the Supernatural in the American Southwest and Beyond

BrujerIas: Stories of Witchcraft and the Supernatural in the American Southwest and Beyond

by Nasario Garcia
     
 

“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,

Overview

“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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780896726079
Publisher:
Texas Tech University Press
Publication date:
06/28/2007
Series:
Grover E. Murray Studies in the American Southwest Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
384
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.40(d)

Meet the Author

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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