Brujería

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Brujería is the Spanish-language word for "witchcraft". Brujería also refers to witch-healers who did practice and do practice their craft throughout Latin America and the United States. Both men and women can be witches; brujos and brujas respectively.[citation needed] Brujos is the plural term that refers to a group of male witches and brujas the plural term for female witches.

Etymology[edit]

There is no sound etymology for this word, which appears only in Portuguese, Catalan, Galician and Spanish (other romance languages use words derived from Latin strix, -igis, originally an owl or bird of evil omen)[citation needed]. The word may be inherited from a Celtiberian substrate or it may derive from the Latin plusscius, -a, um (> plus + scius),[1] a hapax attested in the Cena Trimalchionis, a central part in Petronius' Satyricon.[2] Pluscia could have arisen from rhotacization of the /l/ and voicing of the /p/, pluscia> pruscia> bruscia> bruxa (Portuguese)> bruja (Spanish).[3]

In popular culture[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Oxford Latin Dictionary, Oxford. Clarendon Press: 1968
  2. ^ "sunt mulieres plusciae, sunt nocturnae",63.9
  3. ^ Ali, Said, Investigações Filológicas, 1975, pag. 275
  • Ankarloo, B. & Clark, S, (2002) Witchcraft and Magic in Europe: the period of the witch trials
  • Guiley, Rosemary Ellen (1989) The Encyclopedia of Witches and Witchcraft, New York: Facts-on-File.

Further reading[edit]

  • Spence, L. (1994) The Magic and Mysteries of Mexico
  • Christian, W.A., Jr. (1989) Local Religion in Sixteenth-Century Spain
  • Henningsen, G. (1980) The Witches' Advocate: Basque Witchcraft and the Spanish Inquisition (1609-1614)
  • Castaneda, C. (1968) The Teachings of Don Juan
  • Romberg, Raquel (2002) "Witchcraft and Welfare: Spiritual Capital and the Business of Magic in Modern Puerto Rico"
  • Chatwin, Bruce In Patagonia
  • Kinnie, Ernest The Brujo....2-Act Play