• American Brujeria

  • Modern Mexican-American Folk Magic
  • By: J. Allen Cross
  • Narrated by: Cynthia Farrell
  • Length: 6 hrs and 54 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (91 ratings)

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Narrated by: Cynthia Farrell
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American Brujeria is about the fascinating blend of American and Mexican folk magic currently used by those living in the US but whose roots are steeped in Mexican culture. This type of Mexican American folk magic, which the author calls “American brujeria”, features its own unique saints and spirits as well as familiar ones, such as the infamous Santa Muerte. American Brujeria includes stories from Mexico (folk saints, the story of Guadalupe), the influence of Catholicism, the art of limpias (traditional folk healing methods), spell casting, oil crafting, praying the rosary (in English and Spanish), making an altar to Guadalupe, using novena candle magic, making protective charms from saints’ medals, and more. There’s even a whole section on creative uses for Vicks VapoRub, a staple in Mexican American folk healing. American brujeria is extremely close to conjure traditions of the American South and, in fact, shares a lot of crossover, demonstrating how these traditions have influenced one another.

©2021 J. Allen Cross (P)2021 Dreamscape Media, LLC
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Religion attached

I struggled to finish this text. I was able to find some information for my craft but for the most part I was uncomfortable with the religious attachment. It makes sense because Mexico has a strong catholic presence but it isn't for me. I was hoping for mostly information on indigenous practices or connections.

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loved this book!

I'm already on my second read through. as a white washed Chicana I have always felt disconnected with my heritage and spirituality this was such a therapeutic read. Please read this with an open mind and take what you can. the use of "Latinx" may be controversial but I feel like the author used it for inclusivity of people like myself who have both Spanish and Mexican ancestry.

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Full of history, stories and more. MUST HAVE!

Starting my spiritual journey and always felt stuck in between. I stumbled across J. Allen Cross podcast Invoking Witchcraft, I felt the connection right away. As a beginner this book gave me so much rich information, it also gives you recipes, stories, prayers in English and Spanish and much more. If you’re ANYONE looking for a book on connection with Mexican heritage & practice veneration you found it. If you’re reading this.. Well Gurl get the book it’s good trust me!!!

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The book I’ve been waiting for

I can’t say enough how much I love this book. My mother is Mexican & I grew up close to my maternal grandmother & only knew my maternal side. I’m mixed & don’t speak very much Spanish which leads to feeling unsure of where I belong. But I feel a deep connection to my Mexican heritage & practice ancestral veneration. I was looking for a book to fill in the holes between my Catholic upbringing & the Mexican superstitions & traditions I witnessed. This book validated many of the practices I already do & also gave me ideas on new things to incorporate. I feel more secure in my identity than I did before I listened to this book. I also loved the narrator, the author’s social media is phenomenal & is what led me to not only get it on audible but I also purchased a hard copy. I will listen/read this book multiple times.

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Good read and info

At first I was like nah this isn’t for me but I decided to give it a chance and by the end I was filled with knowledge I didn’t know about it even thought about! It will add to my electic craft

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Brujeria Colonized

This book is a good introduction for those practitioners who are Christian or Catholic. It is however not for those of us who are not connected to it. I was expecting something different. I expected an analysis and history of Mexican American Folk Magic and Ancestral work with both Spanish/Indigenous influences. It quickly becomes clear that the author is devoutly Catholic and thus rejects certain assertions and peoples. Queer folk for example are not accepted by the Church and yet certainly queer Mexican American brujos exist. The author dedicates most of the Iglesia chapter on how to go unnoticed by the Church. The author does not go into why, but it's obvious: The Church does not approve. In fact, it becomes clear that the author does not understand how socio political structures affect folk magic. His magic is folk magic made by and for Catholics. It is not inclusive to queer folks, Afro-Latinos, or non-Catholic practitioners. Instead the author deliberately ignores these people in an attempt to adopt and colonize the practice of magic. This is magic for the white folk in Mexican circles. It categorically misunderstands intersectionality and marginality in Mexican American cultures.

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great

I'm a Josh!! i loved it josh! very resourceful and much obtained knowledge I gained from this book. Thank-you I know u worked hard in it

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Not the type of book I thought it was, Not for me

I got this book because I wanted to learn more on the history of our ancestors and how we came about the current traditions like “mal de ojo” in conjunction with the prayers. Adding a prayer to witchcraft never made sense to me. How did “witchcraft” become entwined with Catholicism? Was the main question i wanted answered coming into this book. This book was a step by step or How To book on witchcraft (spells, oils, candles etc.) and not much history or sources. I also got the feeling that the author was not confident in what he wrote, so it’s hard to believe his “stories”.

In the Introduction, he goes on to say that if you are not Mexican or Hispanic, do not take your witchcraft items to sell at the market because you might take that space from an “abuelita” who needs it. What?! I got racist vibes and I think that’s when I started judging this book hard. I am Hispanic and would never say that to someone who is trying to make an honest living.

There is also many things on the book that were obviously not researched correctly. Whoever edited this book did a poor job. For example: The prayer he calls Dios te Salve, is actually called Ave Maria. Albaca? You mean Albacar? A simple Google search would have fixed that.

Unless you want to learn how to do spells, limpias, hechizos etc. in a step by step format, I do not recommend.

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Very Informative

A great book for anybody following the Christian or Catholic faith who wants to incorporate magic, brujeria, Into their life.

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Woke trash

How many woke references can you cram in here? I was excited for this but can’t handle all this nonsense.