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Treating the Sick with a Morality Play

The Kardecist-Spiritist Disobsession in Brazil

Sidney M. Greenfield

This essay examines a ritual called a 'disobsession' by Brazilian Kardecist-Spiritists, discussing how it might affect the biophysiology of the patient and provide more than symbolic assistance. In the ritual, mediums enter into trance, communicate with and/or receive spirits, and engage in exchanges with them, while the patient being treated merely observes. Since the sufferer is not knowledgeable about the Kardecist belief system, an analysis that assumes shared values, contexts, and systems of semiosis between healer and patient does not apply. I argue instead that the participants are in a trance-like, hypnotic state during which they respond as do patients treated elsewhere with hypnotically facilitated psychology or hypnotherapy. While not necessarily aware of it, during the ritual they internalize beliefs about the powers of spirits that may be transduced to produce proteins that activate the immune and other bodily systems, thereby contributing to their cure.

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Mehrdad Bidgoli

‘the Third’ in turn. When Cordelia – the absolutely Other who, according to Lehnhof, ‘disincarnates’ the Divine as well 25 – asks quite selflessly to meet her villainous sisters, Lear is again seen somehow regaining his typical anger: ‘No, no, no, no

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Beyond Revolution: Reshaping Nationhood through Senses and Affects

Myriam Lamrani

's words, the disincarnated traces of these ‘forgotten political bodies’—those of the prisoners, and that of Lazaro and his spirits—the infrastructures of torture (sound and lack of thereof), care, or negligence become part and parcel of revolutionary

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Recursivity and the Self-Reflexive Cosmos

Tricksters in Cuban and Brazilian Spirit Mediumship Practices

Diana Espírito Santo

, disincarnates of varied ethnic, cultural, intellectual, and religious backgrounds whose mission is to protect and guide. The close proximity of other categories of muertos , such as deceased family members or spirits sent by witchcraft, is regarded as

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The Colony as the Mystical Body of Christ

Theopolitical Embodiment in Mexico

Jennifer Scheper Hughes

the Americas: thinned out and abstracted in its application to a range of secular bodies. It is now disembodied, disincarnate, and decoupled from the sacrament of the Eucharist and its potent and mysterious materiality and is therefore more available