American Brujeria by J. Allen Cross

American Brujeria by J. Allen Cross is a fascinating look into the art of Mexican-American folk magic. Cross gives a brief history about Mexican-American folk magic and then jumps into a step-by-step guide to spells, candle magic, and more. So much is packed into this book that readers will be astounded.

Steeped in Catholic traditions, “American Brujeria” is a melting pot of Christian beliefs and magic. Growing up Catholic myself, I recognized many familiar tropes from the faith: praying the rosary and novenas, stories about saints and martyrs, and revering Mary the mother of Jesus. I knew nothing about this particular brand of folk magic and I highly recommend reading about it.

I would have liked to see more of the history of Mexican-American folk magic included in the book, rather than delve into a how-to of magic. However, Cross wrote the book with a specific vision in mind. I do not practice magic, but those who are interested will find American Brujeria helpful and insightful.

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