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See details. See all 6 brand new listings. Buy It Now. Add to cart. Be the first to write a review. About this product Product Information In just over a decade, the Brazilian faith healer kwn as John of God has become an international superstar.

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Rewned for performing surgeries using rudimentary tools such as kitchen knives and scissors, without anesthetics or asepsis, John of God allegedly channels entities, or spirits, and goes into a trance-like state in order to heal his visitors. In recent years, a transnational spiritual community has developed around John of God, comprised of the ill, those who seek spiritual growth, healers, tour guides, and, according to followers, even spirits whose powers transcend national boundaries.

Cristina Rocha offers the first ethgraphic account of this global spiritual movement. Drawing on a decade of fieldwork in Brazil, the United States, the United Kingdom, Germany, Australia, and New Zealand, Rocha examines the social and cultural forces that have made it possible for a healer from Brazil to become a global guru in the 21st century. She explores what attracts foreigners to John of God's cosmology and healing practices, how they understand their own experiences, how these radical experiences have transformed their lives, and how the healer's beliefs and healing practices are globalized and localized in different ways in the West.

Additional Product Features Author Biography. Show more Show less. New New. He went on the run as his reputation - which had been built up over several decades - was tarnished. The elderly medium, who has been interviewed by Oprah and has treated Bill Clinton, was pursued after skipping a deadline to hand himself in.

According to a video released by the newspaper Folha de Sao Paulo, Faria said: 'I surrender to divine justice and justice on Earth. Representatives for the law office representing Faria have decline to comment on the case. Faria rose to international fame for his 'psychic surgeries' that he claimed could cure diseases, including cancer. He gained international exposure in when Oprah Winfrey visited his retreat to interview him for her talk show and described an experience with him as 'blissful. In a since-deleted column on oprah.

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Self-styled spiritual healer Faria uses scissors to perform a spiritual surgery on a woman's nose at the Casa de Dom Inacio de Loyola in Abadiania, Brazil. Faria, known as 'John of God', arrives at a police station a day after being officially ruled a fugitive, in Goiania, Brazil.

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He attracted followers from around the world, all looking for spiritual guidance or cures for afflictions who mobbed his spiritual centre. He claims that his power comes from God who works through him and Catholic iconography adorned his retreat. During his surgeries he used bizarre methods such as shoving metal instruments up people's noses until they nearly touch the brain, as well as operating without anaesthetic.

Australia's 60 minutes program reported that he took scalpels to people's eyeballs and pushed knives down people's throats. He used legitimate medical instruments to carry out his strange procedures which he told the programme could remove tumours. They also described how he had raked in millions from the sale of pills which were analysed and found to contain nothing more than passionflower essence. He is charged with two counts of rape and two counts of statutory rape as detectives continue to deal with allegations being fired at the healer.

Brazilian faith healer accused of sexually assaulting women turns himself in

Dutch choreographer Zahira Lieneke Mous accused the medium of manipulating her into performing sex acts then raping her during a visit to his clinic, she revealed on late-night talk show Conversa com Bial. A woman pictured praying at his clinic in where many of the alleged abuses are said to have taken place. Faria's followers wait for their turn to be attended, at his 'healing center' Casa de Dom Inacio de Loyola, in Abadiania, southwest of Brasilia.

Thousands gathered at his clinic daily for the chance to be healed by Faria, who is said to have supernatural powers. American tour guide Amy Biank also appeared on the show claiming she witnessed Faria carry out his abuses.

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Nine other Brazilian women, who all chose to remain anonymous, also told the Brazilian TV network they were abused too on the premise of transferring his 'cleansing' energy, according to BBC. Some said they were seeking a cure for their depression and sexual assault trauma when the alleged abuse took place.

Mous said she went to the Abadiania centre in seeking healing from the trauma of her previous sexual abuses. During her second visit she was told she was chosen to have a private consultation with Faria. In that horrific second session she claims Faria came close to her, smelled her skin and asked her to stand with her back facing him and led her to a bathroom. Once there he allegedly touched her genitals and forced her to have anal sex. She said didn't run away because she wanted to be trained as a medium at the centre.

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Can I borrow this item? Can I get a copy? Can I view this online? Ask a librarian. An introduction to spiritual healing The truth chain : spiritual healing. Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander and other First Nations people are advised that this catalogue contains names, recordings and images of deceased people and other content that may be culturally sensitive.

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Book , Online [text, online resource] , Online - Google Books. Rocha, Cristina, author. Meeting John of God: an uneasy beginning How does he get his magic? Includes bibliographical references and index.