The Self Possessed: Deity and Spirit Possession in South Asian Literature and Civilization

The Self Possessed: Deity and Spirit Possession in South Asian Literature and Civilization

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… (more)

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Publisher: Columbia University Press (December 05, 2006)

Parent ISBN: 9780231137485

Language: English


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