Monday, September 13, 2010

Psychic Surgery In The Philippines and Brazil

Psychic surgery is a procedure typically involving the supposed creation of an incision using only the bare hands, the supposed removal of pathological matter, and the seemingly spontaneous healing of the incision. Psychic surgery has been condemned in many countries as a form of medical fraud.

Although this procedure is practiced mainly in the Philippines and Brazil, it has taken different paths in these two Catholic countries.

In the Philippines, the procedure was first noticed in the 1940s, when performed routinely by Eleuterio Terte. Terte and his pupil Tony Agpaoa, who was apparently associated with the Union Espiritista Christiana de Filipinas (The Christian Spiritist Union of the Philippines), trained others in this procedure.

The origins of the practice in Brazil are obscure; but by the late 1950s several "spiritual healers" were practicing in the country.[citation needed] Many of them were associated with Kardecism, a major spiritualistic movement in Brazil, and claimed to be performing their operations merely as channels for spirits of deceased medical doctors. Others were following practices and rituals known as "Umbanda", a shamanic ritualistic religion with mediumistic overtones inherited from the African slaves brought to the country in colonial times.

A Psychic Surgery Being Performed in the Philippines:

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Calista Ho said...

I was told that these witch doctors are charlatans. Anyone can verify this ?

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