Spirits with Scalpels The Cultural Biology of Religious Healing in Brazil
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Description: The first time I witnessed a Spiritist surgery, a young man named Jose Carlos Ribeiro inserted a used scalpel taken from a tray that I was holding, and plunged it into the eye of an elderly man. The patient did not move. Decades of fieldwork later, Sidney Greenfield presents a riveting ethnography of the complex world of religious healing in Brazil that challenges readers to grapple with the most fundamental concepts of anthropology and cross-cultural experience. In a major contribution to cultural biology, he analyses the complex social, economic, and political landscape of Brazil to understand dramatic healing practices that seem to defy medical explanation. This engrossing and provocative book will put students and scholars alike on the edge of their seats.
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Copyright year: 2008
Publication date: 10/15/2008
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.25" long x 0.50" tall
|An Invitation and Introduction|
|Surgeries and Other Healing in Kardecist-Spiritism|
|Jose Carlos Ribeiro: An Introduction to Spiritist Therapy|
|Edson Queiroz: Spirit Surgeries in Recife|
|Antonio de Oliveira Rios in Palmelo|
|Mauricio Magalhaes in Campo Grande|
|Not All Patients Are Cured: Kardecism's Approach to Death and Dying|
|The Disobsession: Another Form of Spiritist Treatment|
|Healing and the Competition for Religious Converts|
|Healing by the Spirits in Other Brazilian Popular Religions|
|Religion and Religious Diversity in Brazilian History|
|Pilgrimage and Healing in "Popular" Catholicism|
|Healing by the Spirits in the African-Derived Traditions|
|Healing in Umbanda|
|Evangelicals and Healing by the Holy Ghost|
|Healing in the Competitive Religious Marketplace|
|Spirits, Healing, and a New Paradigm|
|Healing by Spirits and Science|
|Science as a Cultural Process|
|Communication, Information Flow, and a New Paradigm|
|Ritual, Altered States of Consciousness, and Culturalbiological Healing|
|Culturalbiology and the Marketplace of Religion in Brazil|