A Luminous Brotherhood: Afro-Creole Spiritualism in by Emily Suzanne Clark PDF

By Emily Suzanne Clark

in the course of a nineteenth-century increase in non secular experimentation, the Cercle Harmonique, a amazing staff of African-descended males, practiced Spiritualism in seriously Catholic New Orleans from earlier than the Civil battle to the top of Reconstruction. during this first complete heritage of the Cercle, Emily Suzanne Clark illuminates how hugely various spiritual practices wind in major methods via American existence, tradition, and background. Clark exhibits that the ideals and practices of Spiritualism helped Afro-Creoles mediate the political and social adjustments in New Orleans, as unfastened blacks suffered more and more restrictive legislation after which met with violent resistance to suffrage and racial equality.

Drawing on interesting documents of exact seance practices, the lives of the mediums, and bigger citywide and nationwide contexts, Clark finds how the messages that the Cercle got from the spirit international provided its participants wealthy non secular reports in addition to a discussion board for political activism encouraged via republican beliefs. Messages from departed souls together with Francois Rabelais, Abraham Lincoln, John Brown, Robert E. Lee, Emanuel Swedenborg, or even Confucius mentioned executive buildings, the ethical development of humanity, and equality. The Afro-Creole Spiritualists have been inspired to proceed suffering for justice in a brand new international the place "bright" spirits might substitute raced bodies.

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