flirting? or getting in bed with? The Other

Flirting:  enculturation
[en-kuhl-chuhrey-shuh n]
noun

1.

the process whereby individuals learn their group’s culture, through experience, observation, and instruction.

Source:  Dictionary.com
Enculturation might be exemplified by a two-week vacation in France.  You pick up some French words, you find out where the best restaurants are, you sip the wines,  you observe the customs like cheek-kissing.  The indelible memory of France returns home with you where you might cheek kiss your friends. 
Getting in bed with:  acculturation
[uh-kuhl-chuhrey-shuhn]
noun
1.
the process of adopting the cultural traits or social patterns of another group.
2.
the result of this process.
Source: Dictionary.com
Let me use myself in The WASP and El Curandero as an example because I surmise part of my acculturation into Mexican Folk Culture was engendered by my Deseo for Alberto:
I learned to speak, read, and understand the language of Mexican Folk Culture.  I watched Alberto plow his fingers through masa as tradition to make tamales,   I learned and practiced the healing and cleansing techniques of the curandero, I wore the signifying clothes of La Guardia.  And, by the time it was over, I halfway believed in witches, demons, and spirits. 
It took a while for acculturation to wane when I returned to my world, for I was accepted in Mexican Folk Culture and the Magical World View lived in my soul.

Author: Katherine Brittain

Writer/Cultural Anthropologist

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