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˜Theœ Self Possessed Deity and Spirit Possession in South Asian Literature and Civilization

Author: Frederick M Smith
Publisher: New York Columbia University Press 2012
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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The Self Possessed is a multifaceted, diachronic study reconsidering the very nature of religion in South Asia, the culmination of years of intensive research. Frederick M. Smith proposes that positive oracular or ecstatic possession is the most common form of spiritual expression in India, and that it has been linguistically distinguished from negative, disease-producing possession for thousands of years.In South  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Online-Publikation
Material Type: Document
Document Type: Book, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Frederick M Smith
ISBN: 9780231137485 0231137486 9780231510653 0231510659
OCLC Number: 1020285640
Accession No: (DE-599)HEB322932327 (OCoLC)1020285640
Notes: Description based upon print version of record
Description: 1 online resource (732 p.)

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The Self Possessed is a multifaceted, diachronic study reconsidering the very nature of religion in South Asia, the culmination of years of intensive research. Frederick M. Smith proposes that positive oracular or ecstatic possession is the most common form of spiritual expression in India, and that it has been linguistically distinguished from negative, disease-producing possession for thousands of years.In South Asia possession has always been broader and more diverse than in the West, where it has been almost entirely characterized as ""demonic."" At best, spirit poss...

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