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The Mind PossessedThe Cognition of Spirit Possession in an Afro-Brazilian Religious Tradition$
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Emma E. A. Cohen

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780195323351

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195323351.001.0001

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 Introducing Possession

 Introducing Possession

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(p.3) 1 Introducing Possession
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The Mind Possessed
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Emma Cohen (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195323351.003.0001

The reader is introduced to possession, and many of the key “why” questions that the book addresses, through the description of a possession healing ceremony and to the principal ethnographic focus of the book—a terreiro, or Afro‐Brazilian cult house in the city of Belém, northern Brazil. Brief introductions to dominant approaches to possession within academic scholarship and to the explanatory approach adopted by the author are given. This is followed by a chapter‐by‐chapter summary of the book.

Keywords:   possession, healing ceremony, Afro‐Brazilian cult house, explanatory approach

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