Spirits with Scalpels The Cultural Biology of Religious Healing in Brazil

ISBN-10: 1598743686

ISBN-13: 9781598743685

Edition: 2008

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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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List price: $34.95
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: Routledge
Publication date: 10/15/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 240
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.25" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.880
Language: English

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
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