Possession in the Hindu tradition (Matthew R. Sayers, Fall 2011)

Contributed by Matthew R. Sayers, Lebanon Valley College

Aukland, Knut “The Cult of Nakoda Bhairava: Deity Worship and Possession in
Jainism,” in Jaina Studies: Newsletter of the Centre of Jaina Studies, issue
#6 (March 2011), pp. 31-33.

Bellamy, Carla. The Powerful Ephemeral. University of California Press.
2011). (For Hindu women in a predominantly *Muslim* context.) Especially
chapter 4 on “presence” (haziri).

Bharati edited volume, The Realm of the Extra Human. c.1975.

Bruckner, Heidrun et al, eds. South Asian Folk Culture. New Delhi: Monohar,
1983, (esp. 109-138.)

Carrin, Marine (ed.) (1999). Managing Distress. Posession and Theraputic Cults in South Asia, Manohar, Delhi.

Castillo, Richard J. (1994) Spirit possession in South Asia: dissociation or
hysteria? Part I: Theoretical Background. Culture, Medicine and Psychiatry:
1-21 and Part 2: Case histories. Culture, Medicine and Psychiatry

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treatment in North India. London: RoutledgeCurzon, 2003.

Erndl, Kathleen M, Hiltebeitel, Alf. Is the Goddess a Feminist?: The Politics of South Asian Goddess. (2000). New York: New York University Press.

Ferrari, Fabrizio (ed.), Health and Religious Rituals in South Asia:
Disease, Possession and Healing, Oxford: Routledge, 2010.

Freeman, J. Richardson. “Performing Possession: Ritual and Consciousness in
the Teyyam Complex of Northern Kerala.” In Flags of Fame: Studies in South
Asian Folk Culture/ Ed. Brückner et al, 109-138. New Delhi: Monohar, 1983.

Freeman, J. Richardson. “Formalized Possession Among the Tantris and Teyyams
of Malabar.” South Asia Research 18, no. 1, 73-98.

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Gellner, David N. (1994) “Priests, Healers, Mediums and Witches: The Context of Possession in the Kathmandu Valley. Nepala.” 29(1) 27-48.

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context, especially in chapters 2 and 3).

Hobart, Angela and Kapferer, Bruce (eds) Aesthetics in Performance: Formations of Symbolic Construction and Experience (Berghahn Books, 2005) (With special note on the essay it contains by Steven M. Friedson on trance in West Africa. I mention this because Friedson is excellent on the phenomenon of trance.)

Kakar, Sudhir. Mystics, Shamans and Doctors. Knopf. 1982. (especially pp.
15-89). Explores aspects of possession sessions in eastern Rajasthan in
comparison with pyschoanalytic practice.

Kapadia, Karin. “Pierced by Love: Tamil Posession, Gender and Caste (In Julia Leslie and Mary McGee’s edited volume Invented Identities: The Interplay of Gender, Religion and Politics in India.

Kapferer, Bruce. A Celebration of Demons : Exorcism and the Aesthetics of
Healing in Sri Lanka_. Berg Publishers; 2nd edition, 1991.

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Religiosities: Emergent Socialities and the Post-Nation State. Bergahn
Books, 2010.

Kapferer, Bruce. (ed.) Beyond Rationalism: Rethinking Magic, Witchcraft and Sorcery (Berghahn, 2002) where I have a paper on a Sinhala Buddhist trance specialist.

Leslie, Julia. Roles and Rituals for Hindu Women. (1991) Rutherford: Fairleigh Dickenson University Press.

I.M. Lewis, Ecstatic Religion: An Anthropological Study of Spirit Possession
and Shamanism. (Penguin Books, 1971).

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Chicago University Press, 1989.

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Margins, at the Center, in the West. UC Press.

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Religious Experience. (Chicago, 1981).

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Riting between the Lines. Albany: State University of New York Press, 2002.

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in a South Indian Fishing Community. New Delhi: Kali for Women, 1991.

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Sax , William. God of Justice: Ritual Healing and Social Justice in the
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Shulman, David and Deborah Thiagarajan, ed. Masked Ritual and Performance In
South India, 2006.

Simpson, Bob (1997). “Possession, Dispossession and the Social Distribution of Knowledge Among Sri Lankan Ritual Specialists, Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute, 3(1), 43-59.

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Literature and Civilization. New York: Columbia University Press. 2006.

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Younger, Paul (2002). Playing Host to Deity. Festival Religion in the South Indian Tradition, Oxford University Press, Oxford.

“The Work of Possession(s).” Culture and Religion (Vol. 7, No. 2, July
2006). [Special issue.]