Frazzetta hopes to tell an honest narrative that explores the complexities of the unusual profession. Curanderos treat such maladies as fear and evil eye energies, as well as addressing concerns relating to work and travel. Many of the ceremonies include the use of a small animal— a guinea pig, a black hen, or a white dove—who is believed to take on the illnesses of the patient. After being rubbed over the bodies of the suffering, the creature is killed, and his or her entrails are used as a diagnostic tool. Nestled in plain sight throughout the streets of Lima, these generations of shamans and their sometimes shocking ritual practices toe the line between cultural fixture and anomalous spectacle, inspiring ethical questions and often contradictory feelings. . . . Unfortunately, an estimated three quarters of healing practitioners are frauds, exploiting the trust of their patients.I wonder how you transfer an illness to a guinea pig in a fraudulent manner?
Tuesday, July 15, 2014
Today's Puzzling Statistic
Andrea Frazetta, three quarters of the shamans in Peru are frauds: