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Samba in the night : spiritism in Brazil /
David J. Hess.
New York : Columbia University Press, 1994.
xv, 214 p.
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New York : Columbia University Press, 1994.
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Appeared in Library Journal on 1994-04-15:
Hess (anthropology, Rensselaer Polytechnic Inst.) has written an ethnography of his personal journey through Spiritism as well as Kardecism, Umbanda, Candomble, and other alternative religions in Brazil. The emphasis is on Spiritism, a philosophy grounded in science with Christian morality, which is likened to the Brazilian form of Zen Buddhism with talking. Hess's accessible narrative takes the reader on a journey through spirit mediums, psychic surgery (cyst removal), exorcism, and poltergeists. The journey is neither a travelog of Brazil nor a synthesis of the Brazilian religious scene but a fieldwork study of the complex way in which race and social class influence religion. A popular overview of Brazilian religion and society. For appropriate collections.-L. Kriz, Sioux City P.L., Ia. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
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An absorbing account of an anthropologist's fieldwork and explorations into alternative religions in Brazil. Samba in the Night invites the reader into the mysterious world of spirit mediums, poltergeists, psychic surgery, exorcism, and spiritual healing.

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