Alfredo Garcia Garza
Religions of the Americas
I am interested in the religious dimension of Mexican migration to the United States, as it relates to the trans-national curandero (spiritual healer), El Niño Fidencio, in the U.S.-México borderlands. How do curanderos like El Niño Fidencio help make the lives of Mexican migrants livable under the unbearable circumstances in which they find themselves? How do Mexican religious practices—such as curaciones (healing rites)—function as sacred spaces that give Mexican migrants the upper hand over inevitable death? What is the source of the spiritual and social powers expressed in healers like El Niño Fidencio who are revered as saints? And how do these religious practices address the social violence and structural suffering inflected upon Mexican migrants? These are the kind of questions that I am interested in.