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Introduction

Schmidt, B. and Huskinson, L. (2011) Introduction. In: Spirit Possession and Trance: New Interdisciplinary Perspectives. Continuum, pp. 1-15. ISBN 9781441108289

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Abstract

Spirit possession is a phenomenon that often elicits a response of fear, particular in those who are ignorant of its meaning and role within its particular religious and cultural traditions. Possession by divine beings (such as spirits or gods) is, however, a key practice in religions worldwide. It is therefore important to gain an understanding of this practice in its cultural context before trying to develop a wider theory about it. This fascinating book contains several case studies that present new interpretations of spirit possession worldwide. The authors show the diversity of possible interpretations and methodological approaches that provide a new insight into the understanding of possession and trance.

Item Type: Book Section
Subjects: Research Publications
Departments: College of Arts and Humanities > School of Philosophy and Religion
Date Deposited: 27 Aug 2015 02:12
Last Modified: 23 Sep 2015 03:18
ISBN: 9781441108289
URI: http://e.bangor.ac.uk/id/eprint/5297
Publisher: Continuum
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