Ultima Is A Curandera In "Bless Me, Ultima" By Rudolfo Anaya

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In the novel Bless Me, Ultima by Rudolfo Anaya, one of the main characters, Ultima is accused many times of being a witch. Ultima is a curandera who uses herbs and medicines to cure people. She goes to live with Antonio Marez, a young boy who lives in the llano with his parents and two sisters due to the fact that she cannot live by herself and had nowhere to stay. Although many people think she is a witch, her use of herbs, medicines, and scapulars show that she is merely just a curandera. With her use of chants and having her spirit in her owl, many are led to believe that she is really a witch.
Ultima goes to stay with Antonio Marez, a young boy who lives in the llano with his parents, two sister, and three brothers. This is because Ultima is too old to live on her own. Antonio and Ultima grow very close. Antonio helps Ultima cure his uncle Lucas and lift the curse on the Tellez home. Ultima collects herbs from the mountains and uses these to make remedies and medicines. She used remedies and medicines to cure Antonio’s uncle, Lucas.
Ultima uses her medicines and remedies she makes from the herbs she collects to cure people who are ill. She did just this when curing Lucas from a curse that was placed on him. The curse was most likely placed on him by the Trementina sisters, three witches who are sisters, because Lucas observed them performing some sort of mass that witches have. First, she makes remedies and makes him drink them. Afterwards, after resting, Lucas starts coughing and he coughs out vomit and a big ball of hair. This was his hair with which they had worked the evil. Ultima cured Lucas using...

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