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New Mexico to offer free online 'curandero' class

Published on NewsOK Modified: May 26, 2014 at 12:53 pm •  Published: May 26, 2014

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The University of New Mexico is going to offer a free online class on curanderismo — the art of traditional healing.

The school announced this month it will create a Massive Open Online Course as an offshoot of its popular curanderismo class offered on campus every summer. The MOOC, as it is called, will go live late August or September through the online company Coursera, and will allow any user from around the world to log in and check out how traditional healers practice their craft among indigenous populations in the Americas.

Eliseo "Cheo" Torres, vice president for student affairs, said he will teach the class along with traditional healers from Peru, Mexico and New Mexico. He will use modules and have healers explaining their work.

"We will be discussing all those wonderful things that have been lost in this country," Torres said. "We will talk about healings, how to perform a cleanings and about different herbs."

Curanderismo is the art of using traditional healing methods like herbs and plants to treat various ailments. Long practiced in indigenous villages of Mexico and other parts of Latin America, curanderos also could be found in parts of New Mexico, south Texas, Arizona and California.

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