Retorno do Ancestral
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Richard Hughes, M. B. Rich professor of religion, published a revised version of his book, “Return of the Ancestor,” (Sao Paulo: E Realizacoes, 2015) in Portuguese to further psychology studies in Brazil. The original book, published in 1992, earned a Swiss book award in 1993.
The book presents the life and work of Leopold Szondi (1893 1986), a Hungarian-Swiss psychiatrist and Holocaust survivor who produced a large system of psychiatry despite conditions of persecution and exile. His theories consist of genetics, psychopathology, transpersonal ego psychology, therapy, and a theory of religion based upon the biblical figures of Cain and Moses. He and his family were ransomed from the Bergen-Belsen Concentration Camp and released to Switzerland where he remained for the rest of his life.
The “Retorno do Ancestral,” translated by Pedro Sette-Camara, who called it a “beautiful and well-written book,” and Barbara Heliodora, is Hughes’ 11th book.
Hughes has written a number of books and essays about Szondi’s largely untranslated work, which has earned him awards from the Louisville Institute, which is an agency of the Lilly Endowment that gives grants to theologians, and the Szondi Foundation of Switzerland. Hughes has written and taught in the fields of theology, biblical studies, depth psychology, ethics, law, comparative religions and existential studies. An ordained United Methodist minister, Hughes has served churches in four states and has worked in prison ministry and hospital chaplaincy. He is a member of CHILD, Inc., an organization devoted to the equal rights of children under the law.