Las enfermedades populares en la cultura Española actual

Un estudio comparado sobre el mal de ojo

Translated title of the contribution: The popular illnesses in the Spanish culture of today: A comparative study on the evil eye

Roberta D. Baer, Susan Weller, Juan Carlos González Faraco, Josefa Feria Martín

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Abstract

It might be assumed that in a situation of universal access to biomedical health care, as is the case in contemporary Spain, folk illness beliefs would have vanished. Field research conducted in the spring of 2004 in Andalusia showed considerable knowledge in the general population about a number of folk illnesses, including mal de ojo (evil eye). Based on a focus group conducted with traditional healers, as well as in-depth interviews with specialists in mal de ojo, in-depth interviews with lay people who believe in this illness, and review of archival materials, this paper describes the contemporary explanatory model of mal de ojo and offers some hypotheses as to why beliefs in this illness, and other folk illnesses, persist.

Original languageSpanish
Pages (from-to)139-156
Number of pages18
JournalRevista de Dialectologia y Tradiciones Populares
Volume61
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2006
Externally publishedYes

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Keywords

  • Evil eye
  • Folk illness
  • Folk medicine
  • Latin American culture
  • Spanish culture

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  • Language and Linguistics
  • Linguistics and Language
  • Cultural Studies

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Las enfermedades populares en la cultura Española actual : Un estudio comparado sobre el mal de ojo. / Baer, Roberta D.; Weller, Susan; Faraco, Juan Carlos González; Martín, Josefa Feria.

In: Revista de Dialectologia y Tradiciones Populares, Vol. 61, No. 1, 2006, p. 139-156.

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Baer, Roberta D. ; Weller, Susan ; Faraco, Juan Carlos González ; Martín, Josefa Feria. / Las enfermedades populares en la cultura Española actual : Un estudio comparado sobre el mal de ojo. In: Revista de Dialectologia y Tradiciones Populares. 2006 ; Vol. 61, No. 1. pp. 139-156.
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