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CAVALCANTI, Maria Laura Viveiros de Castro. Life and death in Kardecist Spiritism.Translated byEnrique Julio Romera. Relig. soc. [online]. 2006, vol.1Selected edition, pp. 0-0. ISSN 0100-8587.

The paper analyses from an anthropological perspective how Brazilian Spiritism resignifies the current notions of life and death, comparing the notion of reincarnation with the Christian and Catholic notion of purgatory. The search for understanding of the processes of identity construction in this religious system leads to the examination of the notions of reincarnation, karma, evolution, mediumship and probation, which are central to Kardecian cosmology. With this active set of notions, Spiritism proposes a rich set of perspectives about the self, and simultaneously graduates and softens the otherness of death.

Keywords : Spiritism; reincarnation; self; identity; otherness; Life and death in Kardecian Spiritism.

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