Living with Spirits: Spirituality and Health in São Paulo, Brazil

Schmidt, Bettina E. (2023) Living with Spirits: Spirituality and Health in São Paulo, Brazil. In: Other Worlds, Other Bodies: Embodied Epistemologies and Ethnographies of Healing. Berghahn, Oxford. ISBN 9781800738461

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The communication with spirits is core feature of espiritismo. The chapter argues that experiences with the spirit world can improve wellbeing and support healing. After drawing on research carried out since 1990 in Puerto Rico, New York City and Brazil for a wider reflection on spiritism and health, the second section focuses on a Brazilian case study based on an interview about the importance of espiritualidade for health and wellbeing. The following section shifts the focus onto the researcher and leads to a wider discussion about reality, other worlds, and the importance of bodily experience for the understanding of a different ontology in the conclusion.

Item Type: Book Section
Uncontrolled Keywords: Spiritism; Brazil; Spirituality; Health; Body; spiritual healing
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BL Religion
F History United States, Canada, Latin America > F1201 Latin America (General)
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GN Anthropology
Divisions: Institutes and Academies > Institute of Education and Humanities > Academic Discipline: Humanities and Social Sciences
Depositing User: Bettina Schmidt
Date Deposited: 09 Oct 2023 13:42
Last Modified: 09 Jan 2024 17:16

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