Developing the Dead : Mediumship and Selfhood in Cuban Espiritismo.

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Full title: Developing the Dead : Mediumship and Selfhood in Cuban Espiritismo.
Main author: Santo, Diana Espírito.
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Summary: Despite its powerful influence on Cuban culture, Espiritismo has often been overlooked by scholars. Developing the Dead is the first in-depth exploration of contemporary Espiritismo in Cuba. Based on extensive fieldwork among religious practitioners and their clients in Havana, this book makes the surprising claim that Spiritist practices are fundamentally a project of developing the self. When mediums cultivate relationships between the living and the dead, argues Diana Espírito Santo, they develop, learn, sense, dream, and connect to multiple spirits (muertos), expanding the borders of the self. This understanding of selfhood is radically different from Enlightenment ideas of an autonomous, bounded self and holds fascinating implications for prophecy, healing, and self-consciousness. Developing the Dead shows how Espiritismo's self-making process permeates all aspects of life, not only for its own practitioners but also for those of other Afro-Cuban religions.
Corporate Authors: Ebook Central Academic Complete.
Language: English
Published: Gainesville : University Press of Florida, 2015.
Classmark: 299.6/897291
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ISBN: 9780813055275