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Drum & Candle, First-Hand Experiences and Accounts of Voodoo and Spiritism

David St. Clair

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ISBN 10: 0517145235 / ISBN 13: 9780517145234
Published by Bell Publishing Company, New York, 1971
Condition: Very Good Hardcover
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Navy buckram with gilt lettering. Minor bump to head and heel of spine. Text is clean and bright, no marks. DJ shows light rubbing to edges. "In preparing this book, the author studied Brazil's unique cultural heritage to discover how African traditions, 18th century European mysticism, and even the Catholic Church all helped shape today's rites and beliefs. He compiled a list of popular hexes and incantations, interviewed many of the country's leading mediums and witnessed the psychic phenomena they produced." (from the jacket). Bookseller Inventory # W51514

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Title: Drum & Candle, First-Hand Experiences and ...

Publisher: Bell Publishing Company, New York

Publication Date: 1971

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Very Good

Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good

Edition: Book Club

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David. St. Clair's book read like a critical review of Brazilian religion and spirituality. He asks questions about the educational background of practitioners, about superstitions, poverty, African influences...he starts this book as a critic, not as a "believer". What follows is a man's amazing journey through various Brazilian traditions - Spiritusm, Candomble, Umbanda and Quimbanda and not to forget "spirit healing" which in Brazil is sometimes not associated with any other practice! David. St. Clair writes in a clear and honest way. He is not afraid to ask himself in the course if this book many times "is this really happening?" Whan you have finished the book, you will see that David. St. Clair's attitude towards Brazilians and Brazilian spirituality has completely changed.

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