Happy Birthday, Chico Xavier
Spiritist Francisco “Chico” Xavier was Brazil’s most popular medium of the late twentieth century. For four decades, the bespectacled gentleman captured the nation’s imagination with his reports of communication with the dead. He cornered the market on psychography, the art of writing books dictated by the spirits of the deceased. One of his bestsellers was a book of poetry penned by some of Brazil’s most famous dead poets. A few passages were so accurate, the widow of one deceased poet sued for royalties. Spiritism is a unique spiritualist philosophy in that it accepts the Judeo-Christian hierarchy.