Spirit Mediumship in Brazil: The Controversy about Semi-Conscious Mediums

Schmidt, Bettina E. (2015) Spirit Mediumship in Brazil: The Controversy about Semi-Conscious Mediums. DISKUS: The Journal of the British Association for the Study of Religions, 17 (2). pp. 38-53. ISSN 0967-8948

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Abstract

This article focuses on spirit mediumship in Brazil. The term mediumship refers to the communication between humans the spirit world which is the core of Spiritism. In anthropological literature it is often categorised as altered states of consciousness, however, people experiencing it reject these categorizations. This article presents excerpts from interviews with Brazilian spiritists in order to illustrate the different ways people explain mediumship to an outsider, an anthropologist from Europe. The article then discusses their interpretation within the wider academic discourse surrounding this kind of experience. The intention is that Brazilian Spiritism and the wider discourse surrounding mediumship will serve as a case study to present the complexity of this form of religious experience.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Brazil,religious experience, spirit mediumship
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BL Religion
F History United States, Canada, Latin America > F1201 Latin America (General)
Divisions: Institutes and Academies > Institute of Education and Humanities > Academic Discipline: Humanities
Depositing User: Bettina Schmidt
Date Deposited: 26 Apr 2016 13:25
Last Modified: 14 Jan 2020 10:32
URI: http://repository.uwtsd.ac.uk/id/eprint/538

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