There is a lot to discuss when it comes to “American Brujeria: Modern Mexican American Folk Magic” by J. Allen Cross, so let’s get this out of the way….I LOVE the cover art for this book. LOVE. IT. I’ll be taking no further questions about this.
As authors and publishers become more concerned with issues such as inclusion and cultural appropriation, we’re seeing books become more careful in the handling of these issues. Cross goes to great lengths to explain his mixed ancestry and how that affected him and this book. He also explains how he decided to call his practice American Brujeria (with no accent over the I as in the Spanish language). Most importantly, Cross identifies appropriation. As a middle-aged white woman who practices what one could kindly call an “eclectic” style of witchcraft/spirituality, I appreciated hearing some easy-to-understand dos and don’ts of being respectful.
“American Brujeria” combines research with interviews Cross did in Mexican communities, what he finds is a blend of Catholicism and folk magic. When you’re done with this book, you’ll know a lot about Saints, church supplies, Vicks VapoRub, baths, protection magic, and just so much more. It’s a great exploration of magic and Mexican culture. My review isn’t doing justice to this important work, you need to trust me on this, it is a good book.
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