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05-09-2014, 02:33 AM #1
JayRodney ⓐⓛⓘⓔⓝ
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A new Pew review titled: The Shifting Religious Identity of Latinos in the United States" indicates that "57 percent of Hispanics believe people can be possessed by spirits, and skyrockets to a whopping 80% of Evangelical Protestants.

An interesting side by side comparison was done, the chart below nicely sums it up.

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theatlantic.com reports "the most captivating part is what these groups have in common: Among all of them, huge proportions said they believe in various kinds of spirits. It's not surprising that the unaffiliated were the most dubious, but even so, roughly 40 percent of them said they believe in possession, witchcraft, and the ability to talk to spirits.

These beliefs are particularly interesting in the Hispanic context. Spirit traditions vary widely across Latin America—for example, the survey found that Hispanic-Americans with Salvadoran roots were much more likely than any other group to believe in possession. Certain spirit-related rituals have become prominent in the United States, especially predominately Mexican traditions like celebrating the Day of the Dead and praying to Santa Muerte, Our Lady of the Holy Death. These seem to both draw from and transcend religious belief—they provide latent, powerful suggestions about the nature of the world around us, tools for navigating the mystery of life and death. Clearly, these are not backwater beliefs only held by the deeply religious or the culturally isolated, as certain stereotypes might suggest; for lots of people, the spirit world is real."

Not certain about the validity of magic and witchcraft, but the spirits are very real, and I'm not talking Jack Daniels.

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05-09-2014, 02:39 AM #2
Octo Mother Superior
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It's a pew thread! scream.gif

It would be interesting to see comparable numbers on other groups of people
05-09-2014, 02:44 AM #3
JayRodney ⓐⓛⓘⓔⓝ
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yup.gif I thought those amounts were awfully high, but I'd love to see some general population stats on the same thing.
Without that I can't make a decent comparison.dunno.gif

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05-09-2014, 03:17 AM #4
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(05-09-2014, 02:44 AM)JayRodney Wrote:  yup.gif I thought those amounts were awfully high, but I'd love to see some general population stats on the same thing.
Without that I can't make a decent comparison.dunno.gif

they are probably a lot higher for Hispanics, it's in their culture.
05-09-2014, 01:16 PM #5
White Ribbon call me
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maybe we can do a kb poll?..

i was at my friends house yest and her mother has recently died and there she was, living upstairs.. when she realised i could see her she started slow dancing with me and was so excited. then she sat in the sunroom after picking a book off the bookcase and started reading.. then she was knitting when i left.. i had met the mother once ten years ago.. it was her all right..
05-09-2014, 01:25 PM #6
JayRodney ⓐⓛⓘⓔⓝ
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(05-09-2014, 01:16 PM)the white ribbon Wrote:  maybe we can do a kb poll?..

i was at my friends house yest and her mother has recently died and there she was, living upstairs.. when she realised i could see her she started slow dancing with me and was so excited. then she sat in the sunroom after picking a book off the bookcase and started reading.. then she was knitting when i left.. i had met the mother once ten years ago.. it was her all right..

uhoh.gif In physical form? Full body apparition? Solid? Are you ğkking kidding me?

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05-09-2014, 01:34 PM #7
White Ribbon call me
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not totally solid.. but can see her properly.. in spirit..

ive been seeing and talking to spirits since i was a kid.,. it got so full on for me at age 2 that i shut down a lot of it, as it was way too much coming at me.. in my thirties i started opening up again, after i stopped taking anti depressants.. i was on anti depressants cause i could see peoples negative thoughts and the shrink said thats not possible.. he was wrong..
05-09-2014, 01:53 PM #8
Octo Mother Superior
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Oh wow. I'm sure that's something you learn to deal with better as you get older.



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