João de Deus – or John of God, as he is internationally known – is arguably the most famous psychic in activity in Brazil. He lives in Abadiânia, in the state of Goiás, close to Brasília, the country’s capital. Last Easter, Verônica Angriman, an Argentinian architect based in the US, spent 10 days in the town, that has less than 13,000 inhabitants, to meet the psychic. “It felt like entering a Fantastic Realism novel”, she describes. In this interview, she tells her experience at Casa de Dom Ignácio de Loyola, where John of God operates, and gives a few tips for those willing to pay him a visit.
DB – How was your arrival in Abadiânia?
V – I came from Brasília by taxi (1oo dollars from the airport). It is a really small town and the presence of João de Deus is clearly important for the local economy. There are, for instance, several shops that sell white outfits – demanded for the rituals. He is, of course, very popular in Abadiânia. Continue reading 10 days with John of God→
The BBC just published the results of a poll that interviewed 18.829 adults in 23 countries about their religious beliefs. Produced by global research company Ipsos and Reuters news agency, it concluded that 51% of the population in this universe “definitely believes in God or some superior entity”, while 18% said they don’t and 17% say that they are not sure about that.
Three countries came out as highly faithful: Indonesia (93%), Turkey (91%) and Brazil (84%).
Check some other answers given by Brazilians:
28% said they believe in the concept of Hell and Heaven
32% said they believe there is an after-death (but it doesn’t involve going to Hell or Heaven)
12% believe in reincarnation (Spiritism, the religion/doctrine developed by Allan Kardec in France in the 19th century, is big in Brazil)
47% of Brazilians believe in Creationism and discard the idea that we are related to apes (it is a higher percentage than the 40% verified in the US, where creationists are particularly loud)
Only 3% said they don’t believe in God, gods or other superior entities. And 4% are not really sure – they “sometimes believe, sometimes don’t believe”. I understand 9% preferred not to answer or gave other answers.
I must confess I am a little surprised by these numbers. I also wonder how many interviewees said they are believers because they think this is “the right thing to do”. What’s your opinion?