April 26, 2012 at 6:00 pm
Screening of "Maria Sabina: Mujer Espiritu," Nicolas Echevarria. Spanish with English subtitles
Followed by a Q&A with the Director
María Sabina: Mujer espíritu documents the use of hallucinogenic mushrooms in ritual healing prac- tices in Southern Mexico. The 1978 film follows María Sabina, a famous Mazatec healer and shaman, who affirms the unique spirituality of her community through a series of healing vigils. Filmed in both Spanish and Mazatec, the film explores the tension between modern-day cultural and religious syncretism and shamanism’s traditional medicines and magic.
Q&A with film Director
April 27, 2012 at 11:00 am
Screening of "El niño Fidencio, el taumaturgo de Espinazo," Nicolas Echevarria. Spanish with English subtitles
El niño Fidencio, el taumaturgo de Espinazo documents how thousands of people congragate every year in the Hacienda del Espinazo in Nuevo Leon, Mexico to conmemorate Fidencio de Jesus Sintora Constantino. Grateful for the miracles that El niño Fidencio, they engage in fervorous healing rituals.
Talk "The Use of Abortive Plants in Colonial Mexico" by Zeb Tortorici, Post-Doctoral Fellow, Department of History at Stanford
Round Table discussion on Religion, Magic, and Shamanism in Mexican Identity featuring Nicolas Echevarria and Zeb Tortorici. Moderated by Jorge Ruffinelli.
Lunch will be provided.
Sponsored by the Center for Latin American Studies and the Iberian and Latin American Cultures Department