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A term used as a general reference to an indigenous community's spiritual leader or traditional healer. Such a person has the skills and knowledge to perform rituals, heal sick or injured individuals, communicate with ancestors and the otherworld, prepare traditional medicine, and provide spiritual counseling.

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"Curandera, a traditional healer or shaman, Los Golondrinas, New Mexico, July 16, 2011" by Larry Lamsa is licensed under CC BY.

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