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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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 Describing, Interpreting, and Explaining Spirit Possession

 Describing, Interpreting, and Explaining Spirit Possession

(p.59) 4 Describing, Interpreting, and Explaining Spirit Possession
The Mind Possessed

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Chapters 4 and 5 introduce more comprehensively the scientific approach to be adopted, incorporating a review of past and present approaches to possession cults and spirit phenomena. The first of these chapters looks at ethnographic description and anthropological interpretation of spirit possession phenomena, considering the roles of both rich description and faithful representation of cultural meaning for the generation of scientific theories.

Keywords:   scientific approach, ethnographic description, interpretation, cultural meaning

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