Allan Kardec

Born in 1804 in Lyon, Allan Kardec is the pseudonym of the venerated French pedagogue, Hippolyte Léon Denizard Rivail, responsible for carrying out the immense task of collecting the vast spirit communications which began in earnest in the middle of the eighteenth century and thus assembling what became popularly known as the Spiritist codification.


In his tireless efforts, he was able to publish 5 seminal books  (The Spirits’ Book, The Mediums’ Book, The Gospel Explained by the Spiritist Doctrine, Heaven and Hell, and Genesis) which are the canonical foundations of the Spiritist philosophy. In addition to his books, he published an opuscule which can be utilized as a succinct pocket book that outlines the Spiritist doctrine entitled “Spiritism in its Simplest Expression,” and as the true primer to the 5 aforementioned works, the book “What is Spiritism?,” lastly he published the La Revue Spirite (“The Spiritist Review“) a periodical which ran from 1859 until his discarnation in 1869 at 64 years of age.