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Chungará (Arica)

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ARTEAGA, Facundo. INITIATION PROCESS IN TRADITIONAL HEALER IN LA PAMPA (ARGENTINA). Chungará (Arica) [online]. 2012, vol.44, n.4, pp.707-715. ISSN 0717-7356.  http://dx.doi.org/10.4067/S0717-73562012000400011.

The aim of this article is to show, through deep analytical description, the complex processes of initiation and empowerment of traditional healers among European Argentines -mostly Spanish and Italian in origin- who settled in the Province of La Pampa, Argentina. Based on original ethnographic research, I describe and analyze knowledge about traditional remedies and therapeutic-ritual techniques, as well as the practices of traditional healers as a result of initiation, such as damage and divination. Secondly, the proper initiation processes and ways of obtaining power are presented and discussed, distinguishing two main alternatives: (a) the transfer of power and knowledge from one healer to another member of the community prior to initiation and (b) overcoming a life experience of a critical nature, especially considering the procurement of helpers (virgins, saints and dead people).

Palabras clave : Traditional medicine; folk healer; La Pampa; Argentina.

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