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

spir′it·ist n.
spir′it·is′tic adj.


adj, spiritistically
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Janet actually wrote that Myers was "the author who has contributed the most to develop the scientific study of spiritistic phenomena" (Janet, 1889, p.
The spirit rapper thus starts his spiritistic revolution after a quite interesting event: one spirit tells him that he "was not a good medium" himself, because he "held the spirits in awe." In this sense, the explanation as to why the spirit rapper was not a good medium is quite simple: he was no medium at all, instead he was a mesmerizer.
Spiritualism, he said, is hostile to all the world's religions, and the miracles attributed to Christ and the saints "stand on a level high above all spiritistic interpretation."
After Death--What?: Spiritistic Phenomena and Their Interpretation.
Yet, there is little evidence that such inquiries occurred in traditional African cultures, and Gyekye argues that this was due in large part to religious beliefs--more precisely, to the prevalence of spiritistic understandings of the natural world.