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Botanicas: A Testament To The Perseverance Of Dreams

By Ray Sanchez

[Snip] From New York to Los Angeles, from Chicago to Miami, shops specializing in the rituals of Afro-Caribbean and Meso-American spiritual beliefs offer a glimpse into how some of this country’s latest arrivals pursue their dreams.

In today’s tough economic times, the ubiquitous botanica has become a testament to the perseverance of those dreams.

With the unemployment rate for Latinos over two percentage points higher than the national average and nearly a quarter of the nation’s 50 million Hispanics living in poverty, many have turned to spiritual tradition. Botanica shelves are stacked with fast-selling “Money Drawing Spell Kits,” “Success” candles, and “Steady Work” and “Mr. Money” oils and colognes.

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