Essay on Analysis Of ' Witch ' And ' Witches '

832 Words Dec 12th, 2016 4 Pages
Witch, a word that most people associate with images of hags riding on brooms, cackling into the night, long noses and pointy hats— some people even associate witches with devil worship. Some think Witches are only fairy tales, characters in scary stories you tell to children to make them behave. When I hear the word “witch” I think of my Abuelita, I think of the special Teas she taught my Meemaw and mother to make, I think of all the stories my Meemaw told me about her— how people used to always go to her to solve their problems. I think of my culture, and how “Witches” were seen as doctors and spiritual guides, experts in nature, and community leaders—nothing as malicious as Western fairy tales make them out to be. My family migrated from Peru to the United States, and with them they brought aspects of Peruvian culture with them, food, music, and most notably Brujeria— or Peruvian (or Andean) folk magic. I have interviewed multiple family members, friends, and old neighbors about my Abuelita, who was a Bruja, to get a better understanding of the culture of brujeria that my family had brought with them to the United States, and to also understand influence that culture had on the surrounding community.

The word “Witch” means one who practices magic and witchcraft is means the skill of working magic, spells, potions, etc. In Peru, and throughout South and Central America, people who practice folk magic are called Bruja/os and witchcraft is called brujeria. Although Brujas…

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