ANTH 3348 Lecture Notes - Lecture 18: Spirit Possession, Mediumship

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ANTH 3348
11/3/2016
Spirit Possession and Mediumship
How trance occurs
o The sociocultural significance and context
If you have a diagnosis of someone who claims they are being hounded by spirits then
you have a cultural idiom that there is a spirit possession
Most cases of spiritual possession don’t involve drugs
Spiritual possession can be interpreted as a mental illness and vice versa
Adept(s) others who are habitually possessed
Exorcise
Possession and marriage
Psychologically, there is usually an inwards shift of attention
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