Pastoral Psychology

, Volume 66, Issue 3, pp 427–436 | Cite as

A Brazilian Reading of Belzen’s Towards Cultural Psychology of Religion



This article presents a Brazilian reading of the ideas proposed by Dr. Jacob A. Belzen in his book Towards Cultural Psychology of Religion (2010a). Dr. Edênio Valle was the Portuguese translator of this book and saw almost immediately the possibility of applying Belzen’s theoretical principles and methodological suggestions to his religiously multicultural home country, Brazil. Inspired by the examples described and analyzed by Belzen from the Netherlands, Valle attempts to reread a well-studied case of diabolical possession that happened in Brazil in the 1950s among a small group of rural Afro-Brazilian Catholics after they had gotten in touch with a millenarian, closed-minded Brazilian church called Adventist of the Promise.


Cultural psychology Brazilian new religions Diabolical possession Millenarianism Cultural shock Religious pathology 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Pontifícia Universidade Católica de São Paulo, Rua Ministro de GodoySão PauloBrazil

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