From affliction to affirmation: narrative transformation and the therapeutics of Candomblé mediumship.

@article{Seligman2005FromAT,
  title={From affliction to affirmation: narrative transformation and the therapeutics of Candombl{\'e} mediumship.},
  author={Rebecca Seligman},
  journal={Transcultural psychiatry},
  year={2005},
  volume={42 2},
  pages={272-94}
}
Through the presentation and analysis of a prototypical mediumship narrative, this article shows how individuals initiated into the Candomblé religion of north-eastern Brazil come to alter their own self-narratives by learning and internalizing the cultural model for an established social/religious role: that of the medium. As individuals come to identify with this 'role model,' they are able to reinterpret their own life histories in terms of the model's structure and its symbolic content… CONTINUE READING