Spirits with scalpels

Spirits with scalpels

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a€œThe first time I witnessed a Spiritist surgery, a young man named Jose Carlos Ribeiro inserted a used scalpel taken from a tray that I was holding, and plunged it into the eye of an elderly man. The patient did not movea€b.a€ Decades of fieldwork later, Sidney Greenfield presents a riveting ethnography of the complex world of religious healing in Brazil that challenges readers to grapple with the most fundamental concepts of anthropology and cross-cultural experience. In a major contribution to cultural biology, he analyses the complex social, economic, and political landscape of Brazil to understand dramatic healing practices that seem to defy medical explanation. This engrossing and provocative book will put students and scholars alike on the edge of their seats.The images, models, and theories of the scientist may or may not overlap or be congruent with those of the people studied. The simplest answer to Kuhna#39;s aquot;what must the world be likeaquot; question is to be found in metaphor (see Da#39;Andrade 1995; Quinn 1991; Fernandez ... upon, the individual members do aquot;puzzle solving, aquot; posing questions, the hypothesized answers to which can be tested (Kuhn 1970: 23).

Title:Spirits with scalpels
Author:Sidney M. Greenfield
Publisher:Left Coast Pr - 2008-10-15


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