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Department/School

Sociology and Anthropology

Abstract/Excerpt

Much spiritual healing does not reject modernity, but consummates it. The current proliferation of spiritual healing groups is driven precisely by their cultural modernism--by the fact that they are at the cutting edge of certain modern trends. Based on fieldwork in a Japanese-American healing church, this article begins by justifying the importance of considering culture as a factor in spiritual healing. It explores the church's beliefs' and practices', while revealing their underlying cultural content. Finally, it draws the connections between those beliefs and practices and cultural tendencies of late modernity.

Document Type

Chapter

Book Title

Studies of Alternative Therapy 2: Bodies and Nature

Editors

Helle Johannessen, Søren Gosvig Olesen, Jørgen Andersen

Publisher

INRAT/ Odense University Press

Place of Publication

Copenhagen, Denmark

Publication Date

1995

Pages

65-81

ISBN

87-7838-142-8

Keywords

religion, spiritual, healing, Japanese-American

Disciplines

New Religious Movements | Other Religion | Social and Cultural Anthropology | Sociology of Religion

Document Version

Postprint

Body, Nature and Culture in Spiritual Healing

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