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Spiritism
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Spiritism

Spiritism is a generic term for various beliefs that claim the existence of immortal souls that can somehow be communicated with and interact with the real world (often through channeling) even after death. Many of those religions are reincarnationist. Often the word is used specifically to indicate Kardecist Spiritism, a religion founded by Allan Kardec in the late 19th century. See also Spiritualism.

Christian spiritism

Roman Catholics believe in contact with saints and often devote prayers to specific patron saints. Joan of Arc heard voices which prompted her to take part in French national affairs.

Some Christians believe that all contact with spirits should be avoided, lest one be deceived into sin.

Specific Religions