See also Spiritist Vocabulary, part I


PERISPIRIT (from the Greek peri roundabout, and the Latin spiritus, breath, spirit). – The semi-material envelope of the soul. During incarnation, it serves as the link or intermediary between the incarnated spirit and the matter of his fleshly body; during erraticity, it constitutes the spirit’s fluidic body, inseparable from the personality of the spirit.


PNEUMATOGRAPHY (from the Greek pneuma, air, breath, wind, spirit, and grapho, I write). – This word denotes the direct writing of spirits, without the use of the medium’s hand.


PSYCHOGRAPHER (from the Greek psuké butterfly, soul, and grapho, I write). – A person who writes by psychography; a writing medium.


PSYCHOGRAPHY – The writing of spirits by a medium’s hand.


PSYCHOPHONY – The communication of spirits by the voice of a speaking medium.


REINCARNATION – The return of a spirit to corporeal life; plurality of existences, in this planet and in other material worlds.


SEMATOLOGY (from the Greek sema, a sign, and logos, a discourse). – The language of signs. The communications of spirits by the movements of inert bodies.


SPIRITIST – That which has to do with spiritism ; a partisan of spiritism; one who believes in the fact of spirit-manifestations.


SPIRITUALISM -The opposite of materialism; a belief in the existence of the spiritual and immaterial soul. We say, Spiritualism is the basis of all religions.


SPIRITUALIST – One who occupies himself with spiritualism; a partisan of spiritualism. Whoever believes that there is in the universe something which is not matter is a spiritualist, but spiritualism does not necessarily imply a belief in the manifestations of spirits. Every spiritist is necessarily a spiritualist, but every spiritualist is not necessarily a spiritist; the materialist is neither the one nor the other.


We say, “the spiritualist philosophy,” as the antithesis of “theoretic materialism;” “A work embodying spiritualist ideas,” as the opposite of “a work embodying materialistic ideas.” We say, “Spiritist manifestations are produced by the action of spirits on matter;” “spiritist morality is the result of teachings given by spirits.” “There are spiritualists who ridicule the spiritist belief.” In these examples, the employment of the word spiritualist for spiritist would produce confusion.


TYPTER (from the Greek tupto, I strike). – One who has the power of producing typtology; a rapping or tipping medium.


TYPTOLOGY – Language of raps or tilts; a mode of spirit-communication. Alphabetical typtology; the designation of letters (or cyphers) by raps or tilts.



See also Spiritist Vocabulary, part I



Excerpt from Allan Kardec‘s “The Medium’s Book”, translated by Anna Blackwell, LAKE (Livraria Allan Kardec Editora). Printed in Brazil. Version found at Public Domain.





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