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Possessing Spirits and Healing Selves

Embodiment and Transformation in an Afro-Brazilian Religion

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Part of the Culture, Mind, and Society book series (CMAS)

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About this book


Spirit possession involves the displacement of a human's conscious self by a powerful other who temporarily occupies the human's body. Here, Seligman shows that spirit possession represents a site for understanding fundamental aspects of human experience, especially those involved with interactions among meaning, embodiment, and subjectivity.


Embodiment Self Candomblé Symbolic Healing Mental Health Trance Spirit Possession Dissociation interaction religion transformation

About the authors

Rebecca Seligman is Assistant Professor of Anthropology at Northwestern University, USA.

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“This book offers a way to address some of the unique questions about spirit possession trance religions. Seligman offers a clear and detailed description of her innovative methodology in a special appendix which should be of interest to ethnographers in a variety of fields. I highly recommend this book to anthropologists and social scientists generally.” (Patricia Barker Lerch, Nova Religion, Vol. 20 (2), 2016)