Brésil : santé mentale et sphère magico-religieuse
The situation in Brazil is described concerning the relation between what are commonly called “nervous diseases” and the quest for relief by turning to religiously-based therapies. These “spiritual therapies” can currently be grouped into three major symbolic tendencies. The article examines the socio-cultural substratum which leads people to turn to one or other of these tendencies and the cathartic process which can bring great relief from the state of suffering the “patients” experience. For most Brazilians, the representations of psychiatry render it a universe much more mysterious and dangerous than the religious sphere they use so fully.
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