The Flying Witches of Veracruz: A Shaman’s True Story of Indigenous Witchcraft, Devil’s Weed, and Trance Healing in Aztec Brujeria
Waking up in Mictlan, the underworld entrance of the North, nearly dead from an evil witch’s attack―this is where James Endredy’s gripping true account of his experience with the witches of Veracruz begins. As the apprentice of a powerful curandero, or healer, Endredy learns the dangerous magic and mystical arts of brujería, a nearly extinct form of Aztec witchcraft, and his perilous training is fraught with spiritual trials and tests. Taught how to invoke spirits of the underworld for assistance and use dream trance to “fly,” Endredy is subjected to the black magic of a brujo negro and left alone in the graveyard of the brujo masters to fight for his life. He is also called upon to do battle with the most sinister of all witches―el Brujo de Muerte, the Witch of Death.
Upon becoming a curandero himself, Endredy takes on harrowing real-life cases: healing a young man possessed by the spirit of an Aztec warrior, rescuing a teenage girl from a Mexican drug cartel, and hunting down a vampire witch terrorizing a small community.
James Endredy is a powerful healer, companion, friend, brujo, curandero, and story-teller. In his latest book he expounds on the tales of his previous book Lightning in My Blood: A Journey Into Shamanic Healing & the Supernatural . In this book his particular focus is a time period from Mexico when he was learning the various forms of curanderismo from the witches in VeraCruz. From the beginning of the book the reader is taken into the world of curandero/brujo to see the beneficence and malfeasance of this type of spiritual intercession. One may be able to see these types of interactions in different cultures like the Spiritist movement in Brazil where mediums will perform disobsessions on individuals affected with the spirits of of lost souls. Is it possible to be hexed or to be cursed? If so, how can have these removed? This book explores the dimensions of spiritual healing that many of us can not even comprehend. While there is mention of the use of entheogens, specifically datura, James makes reference to the dangerous nature of the plant and the utter respect he has for it. This is not the plant for casual use and may even cause death if not taken under the care of a serious practitioner. Basically, this book teaches us that there is life beyond this earthly realm and the spirits there are ready to help us if we can open our eyes to the possibilities. The spirits are not bad, but can be used by bad people. Like humnas in this earthly life we can speak with them and explain our situation to them and we can also exist on that plane for some time. It reminds me of a Spiritist book Nosso Lar that explains the structure of the spiritual realm. I know Jim personally, and I know of his integrity and his desire to make people happy.
This is not a man who makes things up for his own benefit. Some of the things described in this book may be hard to believe, but I believe they are truly experienced spiritually or physically. There are lessons to be learned, and Jim is the type of author that can teach a generation. (Shawn Tassone, MD, PhD)