Cristina Rocha - John of God - Friday 7th April
John of God: The Globalisation of Brazilian Faith Healing
To be launched by Ambassador Carlos Henrique Moojen de Abreu e Silva, Consul-General of Brazil and A/ Prof Lisa Wynn, Macquarie University
This is the first ethnographic account of the global spiritual movement headed the Brazilian faith healer John of God, who has become an international faith healing superstar in the past decade. Renowned for performing surgeries using kitchen knives and scissors, without anesthetics or asepsis, John of God is visited by thousands of the desperately ill, the wealthy, celebrities such as Oprah Winfrey, Ram Daas, and Shirley MacLaine, and an increasing array of media.
Drawing on a decade of fieldwork in Brazil, the US, the UK, Germany, Australia, and New Zealand, Cristina 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. The book’s key themes are: the ways in which religion is both globalized and localized in late modernity, the establishment of transnational communities of belief, the transformation of poor rural areas into sites of globalization, the efficacy of healing across cultures, and the prominent place of healing (of the body, the spirit and the planet) and its intimate connection with spirituality and religion in late modernity.
About the author: Associate Professor Cristina Rocha is an ARC Future Fellow and Director of the Religion and Society Research Cluster, Western Sydney University. Her research focuses on the intersections of globalisation, migration and religion. She co-edits the Journal of Global Buddhism and the Religion in the Americas series, Brill. Her publications include: The Diaspora of Brazilian Religions (with M. Vásquez, Brill, 2013), Buddhism in Australia (with M. Barker, Routledge, 2010), Zen in Brazil: The Quest for Cosmopolitan Modernity (Hawaii UP, 2006). BUY THE BOOK
Date and time: Friday 7th April, 6pm for 6.30pm
Please RSVP here or phone 02 9660 2333