”I MAKE LOVE TIES”
”I PASS THE BLACK CUY”
”REFLOWERING BATHS DONE HERE”
”ORIGINAL CURANDERA OF THE NORTH HEALS ALL ILLS”
Writings such as there are ever present, hanging on the streetlights in Lima. Peru’s capital is full of shamans and ”curanderos” who compete with doctors and psichiatrists. The Peruvian parliament even discussed a controversial law proposal that equates curanderos to doctors.
A large percentage of the Peruvian population habitually visits curanderos and shamans to solve a very wide array of issues: health, work, businss, travels, etc. Curanderos, on their part, offer a lot of different healing methods.
In Lima, where more than half of the population is the result of migrations, it’s possible to find any type of curanderos. The chaotic and overpopulated capital of Peru assures shamans a very large quantity of patients.
Many, unfortunately, exploit the peopole’s trust and it is estimated that about three quarters of those so called ”healing masters” are fakes.
But there are others who have inherited a tradition, and a popular knowledge, passed on from father to son for decades.