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  • The Social Roots and Meaning of Trance and Possession.
    Lewis, Loan Myrddin (2009)
    In Peter B. Clarke (ed.) The Oxford Handbook of the Sociology of Religion. Oxford: Oxford University Press, pp. 375-388.

    Associated Search Terms: Shamanism; Trance; Possession
  • Salvation Goods and the Canonization Logic: On Two Popular Cults of Southern Italy.
    Mancini, Silvia (2008)
    In Jörg Stolz (ed.) Salvation Goods and Religious Markets. Theory and Applications. Bern: Peter Lang, pp. 127-147.

    Based on 2004 field work on the cults of San Pio da Patrelcina (Padre Pio) & Alberto de Serradarce.

    Associated Search Terms: Exorcism; Italy, San Giovanni Rotondo; Italy, South; Magic; Popular religion; Possession; Religious goods; Saints; Italy, Salerno
  • "From this One Song Alone, I Consider Him to be a Holy Man": Ecstatic Religion, Musical Affect, and the Global Consumer.
    Hagedorn, Katherine (2006)
    Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion 45:4: 489-496.

    Associated Search Terms: Music; Possession; Ecstasy
  • Charisme et Possession en Afrique et au Brésil.
    Lehmann, David (1998)
    In J.-P. Bastian, F. Champion, and K. Rousselet (eds.) La Globalisation du religieux. Paris: L'Harmattan, pp. 139-152.

    Associated Search Terms: Possession; Brazil; Charisma; Africa
  • Le Récit de Lessa. Des Cultes de Possessions aux Églises Pentecôtistes.
    Boyer-Araújo, Véronique (1998)
    L'Homme 148: 119-137.

    Associated Search Terms: Exorcism; Possession; Pentecostal
  • Possession, Ecstasy, and Law in Ewe Voodoo.
    Rosenthal, Judy (1998)
    Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press.

    Associated Search Terms: Gorovodun; Law; Possession; Participant observation; Ewe; Moral
  • Pour un nouveau regard ethnographique sur le chamanisme, la possession et la christianisation.
    Saladin d'Anglure, Bernard (1997)
    Études Inuit Studies 21:1-2: 5-37.

    Associated Search Terms: Possession; Participant observation; Shaman; Inuit
  • Cultos de possessão e pentecostalismo no Brasil: Passagens./Cultes de possession et pentecôtisme au Brésil: passages.
    Birman, Patricia (1996)
    Religião e sociedade 17:1-2: 90-109./Cahiers du Brésil contemporain 35/36(1998): 185-208.

    Associated Search Terms: Brazil; Pentecostal, Brazil; Possession
  • Genies and Humans in Anyi Country (Ivory Coast): Constraining Relations or Negotiable Exchanges?
    Perrot, Claude-Hélène (1996)
    Social Compass 43:2: 171-178.

    Based on 1964-95 field work.

    Associated Search Terms: Possession; Africanist; Ivory Coast; Anyi; Medium
  • Spirit Possession and Personhood among the Kel Ewey Tuareg.
    Rasmusen, Susan J. (1995)
    Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

    Ethnography of a folk therapeutic possession cult in an Islamic context that inverts power relations.

    Associated Search Terms: Healing; Folk religion; Islam, Niger; Possession; Niger
  • Blood, Oil, Honey, and Water: Symbolism in Spirit Possession Sects in Northeastern Brazil.
    Shapiro, Dolores J. (1995)
    American Ethnologist 22:4: 828-847.

    Associated Search Terms: Brazil, northeast; Possession; Ritual objects; Symbol
  • Folie douce, vent des ancêtres: la transe au Magreb.
    Babès, Leïla (1995)
    Social Compass 42:4: 461-476.

    Based on 1987-90 field work in Annaba, Algeria.

    Associated Search Terms: Trance; Algeria, Annaba; Syncretism; Experience; Possession
  • Femmes et Cultes de Possession au Brésil. Les Compagnons Invisibles.
    Boyer-Araújo, Véronique (1993)
    Paris: Ed. L'Harmattan.

    Associated Search Terms: Women; Umbanda; Candomble; Brazil; Possession
  • Gesellschaftliche Entwicklung und ihre individuelle Verarbeitung in den affliktiven Besessenheitskulten der Tonga.
    Luig, Ute (1993)
    Tribus 42: 109-120.

    Associated Search Terms: Healing; Zambia; Tonga (ethnic group in Zambia); Possession
  • Embodying Cultural Memory in Songhay Spirit Possession.
    Stoller, Paul (1992)
    Archives de sciences sociales des religions 79: 53-68.

    Associated Search Terms: Songhay; Possession
  • La possession par les génies chez les Peuls (Niger): de la parole à l'invention du rituel.
    Vidal, Laurent (1992)
    Archives de sciences sociales des religions 79: 69-85.

    Associated Search Terms: Peuls; Ritual; Possession
  • Besessenheit als Ausdruck von Frauenkultur in Zambia.
    Luig, Ute (1992)
    Peripherie 47/48: 111-128.

    Associated Search Terms: Zambia; Women; Possession
  • Une leçon de choses: les objects culturels d'une prêtresse Anyi (Côte d'Ivoire).
    Perrot, Claude-Hélène (1992)
    Archives de sciences sociales des religions 79: 19-35.

    Studies objects an Agni priestess of possession cults has accumulated during her journeys.

    Associated Search Terms: Possession; Ritual objects; Ivory Coast
  • Possession, représentation de l'autre et recherche d'identité.
    Gibbal, Jean-Marie (1992)
    Archives de sciences sociales des religions 79: 7-18.

    Sees possession in trance as a ritual control of subversive personal tendencies.

    Associated Search Terms: Social control; Self; Possession; Ritual
  • De l'appartenance populaire à l'affirmation de sa médiumnité (Belem-Para-Brésil). La revalorisation du statut de Filho de Santa à travers la transe possessive.
    Boyer-Araújo, Véronique (1992)
    Archives de sciences sociales des religions 79: 101-114.

    The diversion given by the mediums during possession neutralize the negative regard in which the lower classes & their ritual are held.

    Associated Search Terms: Possession; Brazil, Pará, Belém; Stratification
  • Cultes et Possession et Changement Social. L'Exemple du Bori Hausa de l'Ader et du Kurfey (Niger).
    Echard, Nicole (1992)
    Archives de sciences sociales des religions 79: 87-100.

    Sees possession cult rituals being sued to comment on social conditions.

    Associated Search Terms: Niger; Change; Bori hausa; Ritual; Possession
  • La Possession Démoniaque chez les Intouchables Catholiques de l'Inde du Sud.
    Deliège, Robert (1992)
    Archives de sciences sociales des religions 79: 115-134.

    Catholic demon possession resembles Hindu; through negativity it affirms the belief that women's sexuality needs be controlled.

    Associated Search Terms: Sexuality; Women; Possession; Caste; India, Valghira Manickam; Catholic, India
  • The Taste of Blood: Spirit Possession in Brazilian Candomblé.
    Wafer, Jim (1991)
    Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press.

    Associated Search Terms: Candomble; Brazil; Possession
  • La Poma Gira reçoit ce soir. Urbanité et religiosité à Porto Alegre.
    Gibbal, Jean-Marie (1991)
    Archives de sciences sociales des religions 73: 115-123.

    Describes an annual rite in which the Macumba priestess reincarnates in gentle fashion a rich prostitute once murdered on a beach.

    Associated Search Terms: Feast; Macumba; Brazil, Porto Alegre; Ritual; Possession
  • Correcting Misinterpretations of Turner's Theory: An African-American Pentecostal Illustration.
    Alexander, Bobby C. (1991)
    Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion 30:1: 26-44.

    Theoretical review, & illustrative case of a Brooklyn, N.Y., Pentecostal congregation.

    Associated Search Terms: Turner, Victor; United States, New York, New York; Possession; African Americans; Ritual; Pentecostal, U.S.A.
  • Levels of Possession Awareness in Afro-Brazilian Religions.
    Frigerio, Alejandro (1989)
    Association for the Anthropological Study of Consciousness Quarterly (Los Angeles) 5:2/3: 5-11.

    Associated Search Terms: Africanist; Possession
  • The Varieties of Possession Experience.
    Cadeña, Edzel (1989)
    Association for the Anthropological Study of Consciousness Quarterly 5:2/3: 1-17.

    Associated Search Terms: Possession; Experience
  • Fazer Estilo Criando Gêneros em Terreiros da Baxada Fluminense.
    Birman, Patricia (1988)
    Unpublished Ph.D.. dissertation, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro.

    Associated Search Terms: Brazil; Possession
  • How about Demons? Possession and Exorcism in the Modern World.
    Goodman, Felicitas D. (1988)
    Bloomington: Indiana University Press.

    Associated Search Terms: Possession; Exorcism; Demonology; Devil
  • Spirit Possession Perceived and Performed in Rural Rajasthan.
    Gold, Ann G. (1988)
    Contributions to Indian Sociology 22:1: 35-64.

    Associated Search Terms: India, Rajasthan; Possession
  • Priesthood and Possession: Newar Religion in the Light of Some Weberian Concepts.
    Gellner, David N. (1988)
    Pacific Viewpoint 29:2. (Also in Gellner (ed.) The Anthropology of Buddhism and Hinduism: Weberian Themes. Delhi: Oxford University Press, pp. 85-105)

    Associated Search Terms: Nepal; Newar; Buddhist, Nepal; Possession
  • Health and the Holy in African and Afro-American Spirit Possession.
    Csordas, Thomas J. (1987)
    Social Science and Medicine 24:1: 1-12.

    Associated Search Terms: Africanist; Possession; Medical; African Americans
  • Comunicações do Espíritos: Umbanda, Cultos Regionais em Manaus e a Dinãmica do Transe Mediúnico.
    Gabriel, Chester (1985)
    São Paulo: Edições Loyola.

    Associated Search Terms: Umbanda; Possession; Brazil, Amazonas, Manaus
  • The Creation of Identity in Spirit Mediumship and Possession.
    Irvine, Judith (1982)
    In D. Parkin (ed.), Semantic Anthropology. London: Academic Press, pp. 241-260.

    Associated Search Terms: Medium; Identity; Possession
  • Themes of Power and Control in a Pentecostal Assembly.
    Wilson, John, and Harvey . Clow (1981)
    Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion 20:3: 241-250.

    Compensation theories of Pentecostalism say little about its distinctive Spirit-possession. A replication/expressiveness theory of ritual can interpret it; notes themes of power & control that resonate with adherents' workplace situations.

    Associated Search Terms: Possession; Deprivation; Ritual; Power; Pentecostal; Occupation
  • Witches, Moonies, and Accusations of Evil.
    Shupe, Anson D., Jr., and David G. Bromley (1981)
    In Thomas Robbins and Dick Anthony (eds.) In Gods We Trust. New Patterns of Religious Pluralism in America. New Brunswick, New Jersey: Transaction, pp. 247-261.

    Describes common properties of episodes of accusing people of being possessed by evil; uses 17th century witch scare & modern deprogramming as examples.

    Associated Search Terms: Anti-cult movement; Witch; Comparative; Possession
  • The Language of Religious Innovation: Spirit Possession and Exhorcism in a Malaysian Catholic Pentecostal Movement.
    Ackerman, Susan E. (1980)
    Journal of Anthropological Research 37: 90-100.

    Associated Search Terms: Discourse; Malaysia; Pentecostal, Catholic, Malaysia; Possession; Exorcism
  • Trance and Possession: Studies of Charismatic Influence.
    Swanson, Guy E. (1978)
    Review of Religious Research 19:3: 253-278.

    Analyzes data that compare religious experience of respondents who experienced acting as agents in childhood (acting for collective family purposes) with those more individually oriented in childhood.

    Associated Search Terms: Possession; Socialization; Experience
  • Demonic Possession in Roman Catholic Sri Lanka.
    Stirrat, Richard L. (1977)
    Journal of Anthropological Research 33:2: 133-157.

    Associated Search Terms: Possession; Catholic, Sri Lanka; Sri Lanka
  • Possession.
    Bourguignon, Erika (1976)
    San Francisco: Chandler & Sharp Publishers.

    Associated Search Terms: Possession
  • Petites Lectures sur des Phénomènes de Possession Africains.
    Echard, Nicole (1975)
    Archives de sciences sociales des religions 20/40: 145-156.

    Review of the literature.

    Associated Search Terms: Possession; Africa
  • Spirit Possession Belief and Trance Behavior in Two Fundamentalist Groups in St. Vincent.
    Henney, Jeanette H. (1974)
    In Irving I. Zaretsky (ed.), Trance, Healing, and Hallucination. New York: John Wiley & Sons, pp. 1-111.

    Associated Search Terms: Experience; Fundamentalist, St. Vincent; St. Vincent; Possession
  • Umbanda: Trance and Possession in São Paulo.
    Pressel, Esther J. (1974)
    In Felicitas Goodman, J. Henney, and Esther J. Pressel (eds.) Trance, Healing, and Hallucination. New York: John Wiley & Sons, pp. 113-225.

    Associated Search Terms: Umbanda; Brazil, São Paulo, São Paulo; Possession; Consciousness
  • Ecstatic Religion: An Anthropological Study of Spirit Possession and Shamanism.
    Lewis, Ioan Myrddin (1971)
    Baltimore, Maryland: Penguin.

    Associated Search Terms: Shamanism; Possession
  • Ritual Dissociation and Possession Belief in Caribbean Negro Religion.
    Bourguinon, Erika (1970)
    In Norman E. Whitten, Jr., and John F. Szwed (eds.), Afro-American Anthropology: Contemporary Perspectives. New York: Free Press, pp. 87-101.

    Associated Search Terms: Ritual; Possession; Caribbean; Africanist, Caribbean
  • Spirit Possession among the Tonga of Zambia.
    Colson, Elizabeth (1969)
    In John Beattie and John Middleton (eds.), Spirit Mediumship and Society in Africa. London: Routledge & Kegan Paul, pp. 69-103.

    Associated Search Terms: Possession; Tonga (ethnic group in Zambia); Zambia
  • Spirit Possession Belief and Trance Behavior in a Religious Group in St. Vincent, British West Indies.
    Henney, Jeanette (1968)
    Unpublished Ph.D. dissertation, Ohio State Univrsity.

    Associated Search Terms: St. Vincent; Possession; Trance
  • Divination, Transe et Possession en Afrique Transaharienne.
    Bourguignon, Erika (1968)
    In M. Leibovici (ed.) La Divination. Paris: Presses Universitaires de France.

    Associated Search Terms: Possession; Trance; Divination; Africa, south central
  • Spirit Possession and Deprivation Cults.
    Lewis, Ioan Myrddin (1966)
    Man n.s. 1: 307-329.

    Overview of the ethnographic data on spirit possession, which appears to be used by subject people (especially women & marginal men) to press their personal demands.

    Associated Search Terms: Possession
  • The Self, the Behavioral Environment, and the Theory of Spirit Possession.
    Bourguinon, Erika (1965)
    In Melford E. Spiro (ed.), Context and Meaning in Cultural Anthropology. New York: Free Press, pp. 39-60.

    Associated Search Terms: Possession
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