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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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 Explaining Distributions of Spirit Concepts and Spirit Possession

 Explaining Distributions of Spirit Concepts and Spirit Possession

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(p.181) 9 Explaining Distributions of Spirit Concepts and Spirit Possession
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The Mind Possessed
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DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195323351.003.0009

Chapter 9 tackles questions concerning the apparently variable distribution and relevance of spirit concepts and possession (e.g. the high degree of women's participation relative to men's participation in possession cults). Taking some of the necessary cognitive mechanisms for the emergence and spread of spirit concepts described in chapters 6–8, this chapter considers what environmental and other factors may enhance or inhibit the natural output of these mechanisms.

Keywords:   variable distribution, women's participation, cognitive mechanisms, environmental factors

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