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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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 Spirits as Concepts

 Spirits as Concepts

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(p.99) 6 Spirits as Concepts
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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/9780195323351.003.0006

Chapter 6 considers the form and spread of spirit concepts, drawing heavily on ethnographic data and emerging theories within epidemiological studies of culture. This chapter suggests why spirit concepts are an ubiquitous feature of human culture, arguing (on the basis of cutting‐edge research in the cognitive sciences) that such concepts have a distinct cognitive advantage in cultural transmission.

Keywords:   cultural transmission, cognitive science, epidemiological studies, spirit concepts

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