Ecstatic Religion

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Dezember 2002



States of spirit possession, in which believers feel themselves to be "possessed" by the deity and raised to a new plane of existence, are found in almost all known religions. From Dionysiac cults to Haitiam voodoo, Christian and Sufi mysticism to shamanic ritual, the rapture and frenzy of ecstatic experience forms an iconic expression of faith in all its devastating power and unpredictability. Ecstatic Religion has, since its first appearance in 1971, became the classic investigative study of these puzzling phenomena. Exploring the social and political significance of spiritual ecstasy and possession, it concerns the distinct types of functions of mystical experience--in particular, the differences between powerful male-dominated possession cults which reinforce established morality and power, and marginal, renegade ecstatics expressing forms of protest on behalf of the oppressed, especially women.


Towards a sociology of ecstasy; trance and possession; affliction and its apotheosis; strategies of mystical attack - protest and its containment; possession and public morality - other cosmological systems; possession and psychiatry.


"Linda Walbridge does more than analyze social and religious questions--she brings the reader into the very heart of a community that is struggling for justice and puts a human face on urgent questions of interreligious relations that are dear to Muslims and Christians alike."
-"Bullentin of the Royal Institute for Inter-Faith Studies
EAN: 9780415301244
ISBN: 0415301246
Untertitel: A Study of Shamanism and Spirit. 3 Rev ed. black & white illustrations. Sprache: Englisch.
Verlag: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Erscheinungsdatum: Dezember 2002
Seitenanzahl: 216 Seiten
Format: kartoniert
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