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John of God: The Globalization of Brazilian Faith Healing

Cristina Rocha


This is the first ethnographic account of the global spiritual movement headed by John of God, a Brazilian faith healer. In just over a decade, John of God has become an international healer superstar—visited by thousands of the desperately ill, the wealthy, celebrities such as Oprah Winfrey, Ram Daas, Wayne Dyer, and Shirley MacLaine, and an increasing array of media. What sets John of God apart are his spectacular healing methods. He performs operations using kitchen knives, scissors, and scalpels without anesthetics or asepsis. He allegedly takes on “entities” (spirits) in a trance and does ... More

Keywords: John of God, Brazil, healing, spirituality, globalization, transnationalism, late modernity, cultural translation

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780190466701
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2017 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190466701.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Cristina Rocha, author
Associate Professor and ARC Future Fellow at the Religion and Society Research Centre, Western Sydney University