Old Witches and New Saints: The Supernatural in Modern Mexico
24 minutes 45 seconds
In this faculty lecture, Dr. Bill Bestor (associate professor of humanities at Linfield College) discusses three perceived kinds of witches, including healers from medical anthropology studies, invisible witches from research in a psychological anthropology field study, and witches who function as social control of behavior in small face-to-face communities. The new saints, which are currently at the heart of a major controversy in the Mexican Catholic Church, are perceived as the most powerful of all forces.
Bestor, William, "Old Witches and New Saints: The Supernatural in Modern Mexico" (2014). Linfield Faculty Lecture Series. Video File. Submission 8.