Archive for October 6th, 2010

October 6, 2010

EL Mal de Ojo

 

by Jennifer Turano

I always love hearing mi abuela talk about folklore that oftentimes seem weird or mystical to me. El mal de ojo; The Evil Eye, is one of those.

El mal de ojo is a hex that is well known throughout Latin America.  It is also common in the Mediterranean, East and West Africa, and in various religions. How you actually get the evil eye varies from country and culture, but there is one common denominator: envy. Someone seeing you walking down the street thinking that you look good or wear nice clothes might be the one behind the ojeado. People giving the evil eye aren’t always aware they are doing so, and you might not even know the person giving it to you.

 

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October 6, 2010

A history of medical abuses and the importance of informed consent

by Charlotte Melanie

I was dismayed after last weeks apology from Secretary of State, Hilary Clinton, to the Guatemalan people upon the discovery of documents outlining a 1946-48 U.S. led medical experiment that intentionally infected Guatemalans with the dangerous, sexually transmitted diseases Syphilis and Gonorrhea. Their goal was to determine the effectiveness of Penicillin in treating STD’s and their “guinea pigs” were 696 uninformed Guatemalans chosen from among some of the country’s poorest and most powerless groups, including prostitutes, inmates and the mentally ill.  The experiments have already received wide-spread criticism as well as strong comparisons to the Tuskegee Experiments.

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October 6, 2010

Cocotazos & Vicks Vapor-Rub: The Latino Guide to Punishment and Healing

by Mark A. Virella

Every cultural group has their own way of doing things, cuisines, rites of passage, language, and yes, disciplining children.  From the Andes Mountains to Bushwick, Brooklyn, the bofetao has many different names and forms.  Some deem it archaic, some say it’s old-school child rearing, and yet others justifiably cry out torture.  Either way you view it, it’s awfully creative.  I have some relatives, including my dearly beloved mom, who would’ve been able to work at Gitmo based on her bofetaos alone.

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October 6, 2010

No Hablas Español? …Que Chusma!

by Keyla Elizabeth Cedano

While “Fbooking” a few days back, I came across a friend’s status that basically stated that one’s knowledge- or lack thereof – of Spanish did not represent his/her level of “Latino-ness.” While I understood exactly what he meant, my opinion, ultimately, differs from that sentiment. Despite the fact that I agree that it does not exactly increase your level of “Latino-ness,” as neither does screaming your nationality of choice as a demonstration of pride during a parade.

As a Hispanic individual, knowing, or attempting to know, something as basic as the language that identifies us is, de facto, a testament of our personal embrace of our roots. It is our attempt to demonstrate to the world that we will continue to live out who we are.

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