espiritista

espiritista (ā·spē·rē·tēsˑ·t),

n in Curanderismo, the Mexican-American healing system, a healer who serves as a medium for exorcisms and is adept at facilitating the help of benevolent spirits and removing malevolent spirits that surround the client.
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And I would also go to religious ceremonies where music was central: promesas de aguinaldo and toques depalo in homes, 21 division ceremonies in botanicas, fiestas de crupon church steps and community centers, mesa blanca ceremonies at an espiritista templo.
The first consists of a conference speech by Eva Fernandez Bravo, an espiritista (spiritualist) from Cuba, and two essays by Yvonne Drakes and Deloris Seiveright, leaders of the Trinidadian Spiritual Baptist Churches in Canada.
Once, he sent a seven-year-old epileptic boy to an espiritista after his mother refused to give him medication because she believed the seizures were caused by evil spirits.
He was stunned when the man pulled out an appointment book for an espiritista.
Doctor, espiritista, or psychiatrist: Health seeking behavior in a Puerto Rican neighborhood of New York City.
Having no concept at that point of her status as a healer and never having even heard the word espiritista, I resolved to interview Rita about this story at a later date if I got the chance.
It is as if the dolls are an extension of Maria's mother's ongoing love--and vice versa, a sign of Maria's ongoing desire to know her mother after her death--to better understand her mother's life as an espiritista and santera.
Destacan en esta seccion tambien dos articulos, uno sobre Gertrudis Gomez de Avellaneda, donde se cita la adversidad de Jose Marti hacia la autora, a quien tacho de "varonil" (Luisa-Elena Delgado), y el otro sobre un tipo de escritura apenas discutido, la escritura espiritista, practicada por Amalia Domingo Soler.
In her 1891 essay, "Blanca de los Rios", she declares: "asi Dios me salve como me iba hartando de historietas sentimentales o tontamente licenciosas, y de pujos morales y de extravagancias espiritistas, con otras malas hierbas y flores cursis del erial femenino" (quoted in Bieder 1993 24).
En el siglo XIX, junto al crecimiento demografico y la desintegracion del orden colonial, lentamente se fueron imponiendo las ideas de libertad e igualdad, lo cual significo el germen de la disolucion de las llamadas familias extendidas o tradicionales, pues los ciudadanos, libres e iguales, tuvieron la posibilidad de consolidar nuevas formas de asociacion como las logias masonicas, las sociedades de socorros mutuos o las sociedades espiritistas, entre otras formas de sociabilidad.
Espiritistas and santeros are some of the spiritual healers found among Puerto Ricans (Garrison, 1977; Harwood, 1977) and Cubans (Gonzalez-Wippler, 1994; Murphy, 1993; Zea, Mason, & Murguia, 2000).
Espiritistas are mediums who are able to communicate with these spirits.