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

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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Wigington, Patti. "Bruja/Brujo." ThoughtCo, May. 17, 2017, Wigington, Patti. (2017, May 17). Bruja/Brujo. Retrieved from Wigington, Patti. "Bruja/Brujo." ThoughtCo. (accessed January 22, 2018).