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The belief that the dead communicate with the living; spiritualism.

spir′it·ist n.
spir′it·is′tic adj.
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It is when spirits become a nuisance or scary, when they physically manifest themselves or touch you, that it is time to call an exorcist or spiritist to get rid of them.
Thus it is that the somnambulic subjects of the 'fluidist' magnetizer see the fluid emanating from his finger-tips, while the somnambules of the hypnotizer see nothing, and those of the spiritist discover spirits everywhere, the same being invisible for the somnambules of the materialist." In this way the unconscious played tricks on both the subject and the experimenter (Ochorowicz 1891, pp.36, 39).
In many areas the gangs have banned people from wearing white clothes, using African-style necklaces or even playing the African abataque drums, all associated with these religions, which blend African traditions with Catholic and spiritist beliefs.
(119) A Christian Spiritist sect from Brazil, O Centro Espirita Beneficente Uniao de Vegetal, used hoasca tea for sacramental purposes of receiving communion.
The 2013 edition also provided an experience in Francisco de Assis Spiritist Group (GEFA), in the city of Groairas/CE, which provides sports, health, education, art and cultural services to the population.
Roman Catholic 64.6%, other Catholic 0.4%, Protestant 22.2% (includes Adventist 6.5%, Assembly of God 2.0%, Christian Congregation of Brazil 1.2%, Universal Kingdom of God 1.0%, other Protestant 11.5%), other Christian 0.7%, Spiritist 2.2%, other 1.4%, none 8%, unspecified 0.4% C2010 est.)
The Bible says about witchcraft: "Let no one be found among you who sacrifices their son or daughter in the fire, who practices divination or sorcery, interprets omens, engages in witchcraft, or casts spells, or who is a medium or spiritist or who consults the dead.
In the West African country of Ghana, for example, the churches referred to their initiatives as Sumsum Sore, literally meaning "churches of the Spirit." Based on the aberrations that we referred to earlier, some thought that the word Sunsum must be interpreted as "spiritist," an interpretation that in my judgment undermines the clear Christian credentials of those who were genuinely biblical as far as independent Christian beliefs and practices were concerned.
Groups of caregivers Variables Down Syndrome Without p value N = 84 Disability N = 84 Religion Yes 69 (82.1%) 64 (76.2%) No 15 (17.9%) 20 (23.8%) 0.342 Religious group Catholic 48 (57.1%) 24 (28.6%) Evangelical 19 (22.6%) 33 (39.3%) Spiritist 2 (2.4%) 7 (8.3%) < 0.001 * Health problema Yes 53 (63.1%) 14 (17.9%) No 31 (36.9%) 69 (82.1%) < 0.001 Continuous use medication Yes 48 (57.1%) 16 (19%) No 36 (42.9%) 68 (81%) < 0.001 Values of significance (p < 0.05) Chi-square test Fisher's exact test * Table 3.