Spirituality and Magical Realism

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Hispanic and Latino Spirituality
Gerald Washington
Julie Kares

Hispanic and Latino Spirituality
We communicate with people by exchange information between each other. We talk by verbal and nonverbal communication. These tools are used to help us process this information. Those tools are speaking, listening, and our body language, all of these tools help us communicate and to understand others. In the Hispanic and Latino literature they communicate through spirituality, magic, and through myth. These tools play an important part in the way they communicate to one another in their culture. We as American seem to take things for granted of things that are not important and not focus on things that are important. In the story “the Curing Woman” by Alejandro Morales, draws on the traditional Mexican folktale, it has the elements of social realism and magical realism. The story describes the life of women by the name of Doña Marcelina and Trujillo Benidorm. Marcelina leaves her home at a young age, at the age of thirteen years old, so that she could be with her mother. Marcelina mother was a healer. Marcelina became widely known for her art for curing people. The story was all about the cure of a particular young boy by the name Delfino, who had malady that could not be cured by doctors. The story is more of a myth then reality. To be a doctor we have to go to school. But to cure people like that was in the story Marcelina had no schooling. This is where the spiritual comes in, this is something I believe in. For the young boy to be healed he had to have faith. When we talk about the spirit what I take from it is the Holy Spirit that Jesus left for us and this gives us the power to heal just like Marcelina did in the story. The person that is being healed has to believe in the Holy Spirit in order for them to be healed. The evidence of spiritually and magic in the story “The Curing Women” was a major part of the story. This is about women...