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Journal of Religion and Health

, Volume 20, Issue 1, pp 48–62 | Cite as

Filipino psychic surgery: Myth, magic, or miracle

  • Stephen H. Allison
  • H. Newton Malony
Article

Abstract

This essay considers the current impact and evaluation of Far Eastern psychic healing typified by the psychic surgery of the Philippine Islands. On the basis of a literature survey as well as interviews with persons who had visited the healers and received psychic surgery, an analysis of the spiritual dynamics and physical effects is reported. An attempt is made to balance the positive reports of those who were healed with the more objective and/or skeptical reports of religious and scientific leaders. Cultural, psychological, medical, and magical aspects are considered. An expansion of philosophic outlook coupled with a search for new tools of investigation is suggested.

Keywords

Physical Effect Literature Survey Positive Report Philippine Island Current Impact 
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© Institutes of Religion and Health 1981

Authors and Affiliations

  • Stephen H. Allison
    • 1
  • H. Newton Malony
    • 1
  1. 1.Graduate School of PsychologyFuller Theological SeminaryPasadena

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