Ülö Valk, University of Tartu

"This significant book on possession examines its multiple forms and develops the conceptual tools to understand it as a culturally embedded phenomenon. As the authors show, to make sense of the diverse expressivity of possession, one should consider the local context and vernacular theories of the people who use this enigmatic language of supernatural communication. Case studies examined in this book range from past to present, from Africa to South Asia, and from Europe to Latin America—many of them based on fieldwork or ancient textual sources."
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Spirit Possession book cover
Éva Pócs
András Zempléni
$115.00/ €97.00 / £82.00