• American Brujeria

  • Modern Mexican-American Folk Magic
  • By: J. Allen Cross
  • Narrated by: Cynthia Farrell
  • Length: 6 hrs and 54 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (78 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

American Brujeria is about the fascinating blend of American and Mexican folk magic currently used by those living in the US but whose roots are steeped in Mexican culture. This type of Mexican American folk magic, which the author calls “American brujeria”, features its own unique saints and spirits as well as familiar ones, such as the infamous Santa Muerte. American Brujeria includes stories from Mexico (folk saints, the story of Guadalupe), the influence of Catholicism, the art of limpias (traditional folk healing methods), spell casting, oil crafting, praying the rosary (in English and Spanish), making an altar to Guadalupe, using novena candle magic, making protective charms from saints’ medals, and more. There’s even a whole section on creative uses for Vicks VapoRub, a staple in Mexican American folk healing. American brujeria is extremely close to conjure traditions of the American South and, in fact, shares a lot of crossover, demonstrating how these traditions have influenced one another.

©2021 J. Allen Cross (P)2021 Dreamscape Media, LLC
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Religion attached

I struggled to finish this text. I was able to find some information for my craft but for the most part I was uncomfortable with the religious attachment. It makes sense because Mexico has a strong catholic presence but it isn't for me. I was hoping for mostly information on indigenous practices or connections.

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loved this book!

I'm already on my second read through. as a white washed Chicana I have always felt disconnected with my heritage and spirituality this was such a therapeutic read. Please read this with an open mind and take what you can. the use of "Latinx" may be controversial but I feel like the author used it for inclusivity of people like myself who have both Spanish and Mexican ancestry.

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Full of history, stories and more. MUST HAVE!

Starting my spiritual journey and always felt stuck in between. I stumbled across J. Allen Cross podcast Invoking Witchcraft, I felt the connection right away. As a beginner this book gave me so much rich information, it also gives you recipes, stories, prayers in English and Spanish and much more. If you’re ANYONE looking for a book on connection with Mexican heritage & practice veneration you found it. If you’re reading this.. Well Gurl get the book it’s good trust me!!!

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The book I’ve been waiting for

I can’t say enough how much I love this book. My mother is Mexican & I grew up close to my maternal grandmother & only knew my maternal side. I’m mixed & don’t speak very much Spanish which leads to feeling unsure of where I belong. But I feel a deep connection to my Mexican heritage & practice ancestral veneration. I was looking for a book to fill in the holes between my Catholic upbringing & the Mexican superstitions & traditions I witnessed. This book validated many of the practices I already do & also gave me ideas on new things to incorporate. I feel more secure in my identity than I did before I listened to this book. I also loved the narrator, the author’s social media is phenomenal & is what led me to not only get it on audible but I also purchased a hard copy. I will listen/read this book multiple times.

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Not the type of book I thought it was, Not for me

I got this book because I wanted to learn more on the history of our ancestors and how we came about the current traditions like “mal de ojo” in conjunction with the prayers. Adding a prayer to witchcraft never made sense to me. How did “witchcraft” become entwined with Catholicism? Was the main question i wanted answered coming into this book. This book was a step by step or How To book on witchcraft (spells, oils, candles etc.) and not much history or sources. I also got the feeling that the author was not confident in what he wrote, so it’s hard to believe his “stories”.

In the Introduction, he goes on to say that if you are not Mexican or Hispanic, do not take your witchcraft items to sell at the market because you might take that space from an “abuelita” who needs it. What?! I got racist vibes and I think that’s when I started judging this book hard. I am Hispanic and would never say that to someone who is trying to make an honest living.

There is also many things on the book that were obviously not researched correctly. Whoever edited this book did a poor job. For example: The prayer he calls Dios te Salve, is actually called Ave Maria. Albaca? You mean Albacar? A simple Google search would have fixed that.

Unless you want to learn how to do spells, limpias, hechizos etc. in a step by step format, I do not recommend.

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Very Informative

A great book for anybody following the Christian or Catholic faith who wants to incorporate magic, brujeria, Into their life.

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Woke trash

How many woke references can you cram in here? I was excited for this but can’t handle all this nonsense.

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Perfect Reference for Cultural Reconnect

I felt that American Brujeria was the perfect thing to help me get reconnected to my cultural heritage, despite being a 7th generation Mexican-American with a white father. I'm very white passing and most people don't believe me when I tell them that I am Mexican-American as well. in the past, this has held me back from exploring that part of my spirituality because I didn't think that I fit in enough to be allowed. however, the introduction itself just made me feel so whole and, admittedly, I did cry reading it. I'm really thankful for this book as it's really helped me jump start the reconnection within myself. so, thank you J. Allen Cross. thank you.

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Excellent Resource

I truly enjoyed this book. Although I was not born Mexican or Hispanic, I was adopted into the culture by marriage. I am the mother of three beautiful, intelligent Mexican-American children and two grandchildren and as the Mom it was my responsibility to teach them about their culture since we were disconnected from family for many years. I plan to gift them this book so that they may continue to learn and practice these traditions. So many parts of this book resonated with me as it discussed much of what I have been taught over the years by family and friends of Mexican ancestry and have practiced myself . The book went deeper explaining why traditions are as they are as well as how to avoid being disrespectful and how to be safe. Thank you for a beautiful, thoughtful book. Please write more.

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really connected

I really loved this book.
learned so many things for my practice.
I'm not even that big on Catholicism but I found a way to use it within my practice and loved it