Our science is better than yours: Two decades of data on patients treated by a kardecist-spiritist healing group in Rio grande do sul
David Bourget (Western Ontario)
David Chalmers (ANU, NYU)
Rafael De Clercq
Ezio Di Nucci
Jack Alan Reynolds
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Anthropology of Consciousness 20 (2):101-110 (2009)
This article examines whether a group of Brazilian Kardecist-Spiritists are using the symbols of medicine and science to gain respectability and to better promote their beliefs and ritual activities or whether they are using the view of the world proposed by their founder to forge a new paradigm to replace science, as we know it. Their therapeutic practices, which range from the performance of surgeries without anesthesia and antisepsis to "teleporting" the astral bodies of patients to the spirit world where they are treated for illnesses acquired during previous lifetimes are described and analyzed in terms of their worldview which postulates reincarnation. Data indicating positive results from a sample of patients treated for illnesses they claim to be caused by experiences in previous lives are presented.
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Sidney M. Greenfield (1991). Hypnosis and Trance Induction in the Surgeries of Brazilian Spiritist Healer‐Mediums1. Anthropology of Consciousness 2 (3‐4):20-25.
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