Catholic Charismatic Healing in Global Perspective: The Cases of India, Brazil, and Nigeria

Thomas J. Csordas

in Global Pentecostal and Charismatic Healing

Published in print January 2011 | ISBN: 9780195393408
Published online May 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199894390 | DOI:
Catholic Charismatic Healing in Global Perspective: The Cases of India, Brazil, and Nigeria

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The Catholic Charismatic Renewal movement, originating in the United States, centered in Rome, Italy, and spread as wide as India, Brazil, and Nigeria, invites reconsideration of center-periphery, local-global in the globalization of religion. Modern communication and travel technologies spread divine healing and deliverance practices. Contrary impulses toward universal culture and postmodern cultural fragmentation layer hybridity upon syncretism upon synthesis, as embodiment figures in reenchantment or resacralization of the world. In India, locally contextualized variations on pentecostal healing exhibit dislocations and juxtapositions of Hindu and Catholic elements, exerting influence from periphery to center of global culture. In Brazil, Renewalists exhibit virtuosity in manipulating electronic media to interact with Marian traditions, liberation theology, Kardecist spiritism, and Afro-Brazilian religions. In Nigeria, Renewal builds upon and transforms meanings of indigenous practices of traditional religions and Islam, emphasizing restitution as antidote to materialism (challenging generalizations about “Prosperity”), and spiritual warfare through deliverance from ancestral spirits.

Keywords: Catholic Charismatic Renewal movement; United States; Italy; India; Brazil; Nigeria; technologies; postmodern; embodiment; reenchantment

Chapter.  9341 words. 

Subjects: East Asian Religions

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