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Developing the DeadMediumship and Selfhood in Cuban Espiritismo$
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Diana Espirito Santo

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780813060781

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: January 2016

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813060781.001.0001

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Development as Cosmogony

Development as Cosmogony

Ritual and Materialization

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Developing the Dead

Diana Espírito Santo

University Press of Florida

This chapter contains some of the book’s most central arguments, namely, those pertaining to the nature of knowledge, materiality, performance and mimesis in relation to the constitution, experience, and expansion of particular selves (both of mediums and spirits). It is argued that “developing” is a paradoxical cosmogonic process in that it brings into existence that which already exists, a world of spirits, one that nevertheless wills its instantiation in matter and body in order to achieve presence and effect. The chapter further explores the mechanics and functions of espiritismo’s bread-and-butter ritual, the misa espiritual, and discusses notions of “education” and “materialization” relative to the dead and to the experience of spiritual differentiation and communion.

Keywords:   Spirit representations, Knowledge partiality, Materialization, Ritual performance, Mimesis

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