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Inside Look at Mexico's Mysterious Faith Healers

Daily Mail
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November 25, 2013
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Texas photographer Scott Dalton traveled to Espinoza, Mexico, to document the celebration of revered faith healer El Nino Fidencio that blends Catholicism with indigenous traditions. (Scott Dalton)

Award-winning Texas photographer Scott Dalton has traveled to Espinoza, Mexico, to document the extraordinary religious celebration of the county's most revered faith healer, El Nino Fidencio.

The result of Dalton's multiple expeditions south of the border is a series of striking images depicting healing rituals combining Catholicism with indigenous traditions.

In Mexico, people afflicted with a physical or spiritual malady are just as likely to seek the help of a faith healer, or curandero, as they are to go to a doctor practicing Western medicine.

Of all the curanderos, El Nino Fidencio occupies a special place in the hearts of the faithful. Born in 1898 as José de Jesús Fidencio Constantino Síntora in Guanahuato, the healer has acquired the status of a folk saint, according to Reporting Texas.

Although he passed away more than seven decades ago, Fidencio's fame as a miracle worker has continued growing along with the number of his devotees, known as fidencistas.



Twice a year, thousands of people travel to the remote town of Espinoza to ask Fidencio's spirit to cure whatever ails them. (Scott Dalton)

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