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Summoning the Spirits: Possession and Invocation in by Andrew Dawson

By Andrew Dawson

Charismatic visions and the function of mediums; ownership ceremonies and ecstatic trance; the social contexts and practices of invocation: those are some of the interesting issues addressed by way of this accomplished undergraduate textbook, the 1st of its variety to supply an intensive review of the attention-grabbing and multifaceted topic of spirit ownership. the topic is now broadly studied in a couple of fields -- together with faith, sociology, anthropology and cultural reviews -- and for your time, there was a necessity for a publication which deals a multicultural, multi-thematic therapy which could fulfill turning out to be call for and shape the foundation of centred classes within the zone. Summoning the Spirits meets that requirement. fending off technical jargon and abstruse theorizing, the e-book deals a consultant photo of how the subject is being handled by means of teachers the world over. Its topic diversity, too, is worldwide, overlaying such subject matters as Venda ownership in South Africa; the Cuban perform of espiritismo (or mediumship) in Cuba; spirit ownership within the Brazilian new faith of Santo Daime; invocation and divine ownership among Wiccans; and various expressions of spirit domination in Charismatic Christianity. interpreting issues which recur from context to context (such as business enterprise and that means, energy and gender, cultural hybridism, and globalization), a world crew of members offers various novel and hard techniques. this is often the right starting-point for college students searching for a fashion into the subject.

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The Chua Boi spirits who are a group of female forest spirits asso­ ciated with healing and divination. Local Spirits/Multicultural Rituals 29 The Little Dark Princess who visited Billy at Office Depot. Ethnic minorities are often portrayed in archetypical ways. The Seventh Prince (Ong Bay) is an ethnic Viet spirit who lives near the Chinese border. Because the Chinese influenced him he likes to drink dark tea and smoke ciga­ rettes laced with opium. Often thoroughly intoxicated, he stumbles about the temple in a drug-induced haze.

Mokoko Gampiot characterises Kimbanguism as an ‘independent African religion born in the Belgian Congo out of the reaction of a Congolese leader against the colo­ nial order’ with ‘spiritual and historical roots in this Congolese attempt of mystical and political reconstruction of the Kongo Kingdom’ (2004: 49). While Balandier (1955) described Central African messianic movements in terms of symbolic resistance and political counter-forces resulting from the ‘colonial situation,’ Sarró and Blanes (2009: 52–72) rightly note that Kimbanguism managed to adapt to the postcolonial period through its routi­ nisation, while keeping a strongly affirmed prophetic dimension even in its diasporic form (see also, Jules-Rosette, 1997: 153–67; MacGaffey, 1983).

When she caresses me her touch is so soft and gentle. Asked to clarify her attraction to the religion, Elise said that she cannot explain it but that she ‘identified with the environment’ even though she had never seen it before. When asked if she felt she had lived a previous life in Vietnam she said she had already been ‘regressed’ by a hypnotist who discovered that she was the incarnation of a great grandmother who had died during the Spanish civil war. Still, she said, I do have to admit that I have Oriental feelings.

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