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

By Emily Suzanne Clark

in the middle of a nineteenth-century increase in non secular experimentation, the Cercle Harmonique, a notable workforce of African-descended males, practiced Spiritualism in seriously Catholic New Orleans from prior to the Civil battle to the top of Reconstruction. during this first entire historical past of the Cercle, Emily Suzanne Clark illuminates how hugely assorted non secular practices wind in major methods via American existence, tradition, and historical past. Clark indicates that the ideals and practices of Spiritualism helped Afro-Creoles mediate the political and social alterations in New Orleans, as loose blacks suffered more and more restrictive legislation after which met with violent resistance to suffrage and racial equality.

Drawing on attention-grabbing documents of exact seance practices, the lives of the mediums, and bigger citywide and nationwide contexts, Clark unearths how the messages that the Cercle acquired from the spirit international provided its participants wealthy spiritual stories in addition to a discussion board for political activism encouraged by means of republican beliefs. Messages from departed souls together with Francois Rabelais, Abraham Lincoln, John Brown, Robert E. Lee, Emanuel Swedenborg, or even Confucius mentioned govt constructions, 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 may change raced bodies.

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