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Bruja, or brujo, is the name for male or female Witches of Mexico, Meso-American, and Hispanic cultures. Some consider the woman to be the most powerful. Bother can be a sorcerer and/or healer. Some brujas, plural, work in seclusion while others can be found in open-air markets selling their services. Some brujas cast both charms and curses. Others just one as they consider curses evil.
In Mexican folklore brajas were thought to be able to become diableros, persons able to change themselves into animals. (see metamorphosis) A.G.H.
Guiley, Rosemary Ellen. The Encyclopedia of Witches and Witchcraft.
New York: Facts On File, 1989. p. 39.