Espiritismo is the Spanish word for Spiritism or Spiritualism, spiritual traditions that emerged to great popularity in the US following the Civil War.
In the US and Canada, Spiritualism’s primary focus was on communication between the living and the dead. The spiritual tradition traveled around the world, especially in Latin America, where it evolved in different ways.
The Puerto Rican influence on modern Western magic is profound but largely unheralded. Beginning in the early 20th century, Puerto Rican immigrants to the US introduced Espiritismo to the US spiritual landscape, strongly affecting the way magic was practiced. Hector Salva’s book places Puerto Rican Espiritismo in this broader perspective.
Contrary to popular belief, you do not need a whole arsenal of tools in order to develop yourself spiritually, work magic, or do healing work. A candle and a glass of water can and do work wonders. The most important and ultimate tool is you yourself. Your faith and honest sacrifice will take you farther spiritually than any tool ever could. In fact, investing in your training and spiritual development is sure to be more effective than any tool you can use.
If you are like most spiritualists, however, you love spiritual items and goodies, and there are plenty of them in Espiritismo. In fact, it is usually a love of these items rather than an actual need by the spirits or the work at hand that causes spiritualists to accumulate spiritual tools and materials.
“Hector Salva brings the luz (light) to a proud and beautiful tradition in his newest book, Espiritismo: Puerto Rican Mediumship and Magic. He intertwines his personal experiences as an espiritisto with a compelling narrative of the history and practices of this longstanding, yet often misunderstood, practice.” — Mambo Chita Tann, author of Haitian Vodou: An Introduction to Haiti’s Indigenous Spiritual Tradition
“Papa Hector Salva has out done himself with Espiritismo. This is a one-of-a-kind book and a must read. So much knowledge and information are shared within these pages. I love the stories of his youth. Papa Hector explains things in a way that even a novice can understand.” — Starr Casas, author of Old Time Conjure and Hoodoo Your Love
“Hector Salva’s Espiritismo: Puerto Rican Mediumship and Magic combines cultural, historical, and personal experiences to bring readers into the world of Puerto Rican Espiritismo. Salva’s narratives take you into the reading rooms of mediums where you swear you can smell the incense and feel the presence of the sacred. Espiritismo introduces readers to the spirits of the Gitanas, Santos, and Indios, as it demonstrates the fascinating diversity of the tradition. An insightful contribution to the field of cultural understanding.” — Tony Kail, cultural anthropologist and author of A Secret History of Memphis Hoodoo
“Espiritismo: Puerto Rican Mediumship and Magic compiles folk history and the author’s stories of his personal experiences with the magic and folklore of Puerto Rico. Espiritismo is another magnificent work of traditional spiritism from Papa Hector, written from the point of view of a true expert with the heart of a warrior who is here to teach you and guide you to work your own powerful sorcery in a new and different direction. ” — Elhoim Leafar, author of The Magical Art of Crafting Charm Bags and Manifestation Magic