New Book: Jaguars of the Dawn: Spirit Mediumship in the Brazilian Vale do Amanhecer by Emily Pierini

Jaguars of the Dawn: Spirit Mediumship in the Brazilian Vale do Amanhecer’ has been published by Berghahn (hardback and eBook). 

This is the first book in English on the Vale do Amanhecer (Valley of the Dawn), a Brazilian Spiritualist Christian Order that is rapidly spreading across South and North America, and Europe. It should be of particular interest for those working on Brazilian religions, spirit mediumship and possession, spiritual healing, spirituality and health, learning religion, anthropology of the body and the self. 



“This is an exciting book for several reasons… it contributes original knowledge to theoretical debates on the relationship between humans and spirits and the ways in which spirit possession/mediumship is about a transformation of the self.” Cristina Rocha, Western Sydney University.



The Brazilian Spiritualist Christian Order Vale do Amanhecer (Valley of the Dawn) is the place where the worlds of the living and the spirits merge and the boundaries between lives are regularly crossed. Drawing upon over a decade of extensive fieldwork in temples of the Amanhecer in Brazil and Europe, the author explores how mediums understand their experiences and how they learn to establish relationships with their spirit guides. She sheds light on the ways in which mediumistic development in the Vale do Amanhecer is used for therapeutic purposes and informs notions of body and self, of illness and wellbeing.

Hardback: (See attachment for a 50% discount code)




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