“Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil,
as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour.” 1 Peter 5:8
It is also notable to remember the witches trials in Europe, particularly England. Many widows and midwifes were targeted for their land, and their knowledge and standing in the community. They were the healers and spiritual guidance for the villages. The widows lost their land, the midwives lost their right to practice. This was due to new policies requiring schooling for childbirth. At this time, women were not allowed to enter medical training schools. Of course, midwives continued under secret, but they were weeded out during this time.
Witches, in any land, are the seekers and healers. They are knowledgeable in the natural world and how to use this knowledge to heal and bring balance. The stereotype of today is one from the christian church to try and discredit traditional medicine and women as powerful healers.
Rudolfo Anaya's Bless Me, Ultima is a coming of age story, but also brings forth Ultima, who is a curandera.
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The women they suffer, they love, they give life.
They are wondrous creatures who's amazing ability to enchant causes distress and hysteria.