Bruja/Brujo

The term "bruja" is often found in the Hispanic community. Image © Hans Neleman/Getty Images; Licensed to About.com

You may occasionally hear the word bruja or brujo used in discussions about magic and witchcraft. These words are Spanish in origin, and are used in many Spanish-speaking cultures to refer to people who are practitioners of witchcraft. Bruja, with the A at the end, is the female variation, while a brujo is male.

Typically, bruja or brujo is used to apply to someone practicing low magic, or even sorcery, within a cultural context.

In other words, a contemporary practitioner of Wicca or other Neopagan religion might not be considered a bruja, but the wise woman on the edge of town who offers hexes and charms may be one. In general, it’s considered a negative term, rather than a flattering one.

The practice of brujeria, which is a form of folk magic, usually involves charms, love spells, curses, hexes, and divination. Many practices are rooted in a syncretic blend of folklore, traditional herbalism, and Catholicism.

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