What Madeline Done

As we continue to talk about Spiritism, I can’t help but include this humorous story from Ozark folklorist Vance Randolph’s work Pissing in the Snow. What Madeline Done Told by J.E. Dunwoody, Clinton, Iowa, March 1951. He heard it in McDonald County, MO, about 1900. One time there was a woman named Madeline that showed... Continue Reading →

Spiritism vs Spiritualism

One of the first things that always comes up when I start talking about Spiritism is the question, "Is that the same thing as Spiritualism?" A lot of folks have heard about the latter, mostly through media portrayals of spirit mediums, and possibly the stories connected to greats like Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and Harry... Continue Reading →

The Spiritual Hierarchy

According to Allan Kardec in The Spirits' Book, the spirit world exists on a hierarchy, or a sort of sliding scale, of ten levels. For the Spiritist the whole purpose of life is learning to be better. You try and grow as much as you can while in your embodied form, then as a spirit... Continue Reading →

What is Spiritism?

As the first post in my new series called The Ozark Spiritist I thought I would take some time to talk about the basics of Spiritism and why I'm writing this series. This information can also be found on my website. “The line of march of all spirits is always progressive, never retrograde. They raise themselves... Continue Reading →

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