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- DescriptionBettina E. Schmidt explores experiences usually labelled as spirit possession, a highly contested and challenged term, using extensive ethgraphic research conducted in Sao Paulo, the largest city in Brazil and home to a range of religions which practice spirit possession. The book is enriched by excerpts from interviews with people about their experiences. It focuses on spirit possession in Afro-Brazilian religions and spiritism, as well as discussing the tion of exorcism in Charismatic Christian communities. Spirits and Trance in Brazil: An Anthropology of Religious Experience is divided into three sections which present the three main areas in the study of spirit possession. The first section looks at the social dimension of spirit possession, in particular gender roles associated with spirit possession in Brazil and racial stratification of the communities. It shows how gender roles and racial composition have adapted alongside changes in society in the last 100 years. The second section focuses on the way people interpret their practice. It shows that the interpretations of this practice depend on the human relationship to the possessing entities. The third section explores a relatively new field of research, the Western discourse of mind/body dualism and the wide field of cognition and embodiment. All sections together confirm the significance of discussing spirit possession within a wider framework that embraces physical elements as well as cultural and social ones. Bringing together sociological, anthropological, phemelogical and religious studies approaches, this book offers a new perspective on the study of spirit possession.
- Author BiographyBettina E. Schmidt is Professor in the Study of Religions at the School of Theology, Religious Studies and Islamic Studies at the University of Wales Trinity Saint David, UK and Director of the Religious Experience Research Centre, Lampeter, UK.
- Author(s)Bettina E. Schmidt
- PublisherBloomsbury Publishing PLC
- Date of Publication16/06/2016
- SubjectAlternative Belief Systems
- Series TitleBloomsbury Advances in Religious Studies
- Place of PublicationLondon
- Country of PublicationUnited Kingdom
- ImprintBloomsbury Academic
- Content Note10 bw illus
- Weight511 g
- Width156 mm
- Height234 mm
- Spine14 mm
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