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Possession

Written By: A S Byatt
  • ID Book : 1446499111
  • Publisher : Random House
  • Number of Pages : 624
  • Genre : Fiction
  • Reads : 471
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Possession is an exhilarating novel of wit and romance, at once a literary detective novel and a triumphant love story. It is the tale of a pair of young scholars investigating the lives of two Victorian poets. Following a trail of letters, journals and poems they uncover a web of passion, deceit and tragedy, and their quest becomes a battle against time. WINNER OF THE BOOKER PRIZE

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The Devil Within

By Brian Levack
  • Format : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : Yale University Press
  • Isbn : 0300195389
  • Pages : 359
  • Category : Religion
  • Reads : 689
  • File Pdf: the-devil-within.pdf

Book Summary:

A fascinating, wide-ranging survey of the history of demon possession and exorcism through the ages. In the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, the era of the Reformation, thousands of Europeans were thought to be possessed by demons. In response to their horrifying symptoms—violent convulsions, displays of preternatural strength, vomiting of foreign objects, displaying contempt for sacred objects, and others—exorcists were summoned to expel the evil spirits from victims’ bodies. This compelling book focuses on possession and exorcism in the Reformation period, but also reaches back to the fifteenth century and forward to our own times. Entire convents of nuns in French, Italian, and Spanish towns, thirty boys in an Amsterdam orphanage, a small group of young girls in Salem, Massachusetts—these are among the instances of demon possession in the United States and throughout Europe that Brian Levack closely examines, taking into account the diverse interpretations of generations of theologians, biblical scholars, pastors, physicians, anthropologists, psychiatrists, and historians. Challenging the commonly held belief that possession signals physical or mental illness, the author argues that demoniacs and exorcists—consciously or not—are following their various religious cultures, and their performances can only be understood in those contexts. “Riveting [and] readable . . . must-reading for students of history, psychology and religion.” —Publishers Weekly “Levak, a distinguished historian of early modern witchcraft, now sets exorcism in a long historical perspective, providing the most comprehensive and scholarly overview of the theme yet published.” —Peter Marshall, Times Literary Supplement

Possession

By Guy Deloeuvre
  • Format : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : Laurent Poret
  • Isbn : N.a
  • Pages : 47
  • Category : Fiction
  • Reads : 194
  • File Pdf: possession.pdf

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La possession désigne, en anthropologie, une situation au cours de laquelle une personne est considérée comme étant habitée par une ou plusieurs entités surnaturelles (divinité, esprit, ancêtre, démon, etc.). De nombreux types de possessions ont été décrits dans des sociétés diverses. Il s'agit le plus souvent d'un esprit ou d'une divinité qui choisit d'investir le corps d'un être humain lors d'une cérémonie. Le possédé adopte un comportement social différent d'ordinaire et reconnu par les dévots comme la manifestation de l'entité surnaturelle. C'est l'occasion pour celle-ci de prendre forme humaine et d'user de comportements, d'attitudes et d'expressions corporelles spécifiques (tremblements, pleurs, rires, etc.) auxquels nous attribuons le terme de transe dans le sens commun. Cependant « transe » ou d'autres expressions comme « état de conscience modifiée » ne permettent pas d'établir des catégories précises et formelles pour l'analyse comparative. Cela s'applique aussi à la possession, bien que son emploi soit utile pour désigner des phénomènes religieux distincts du chamanisme. Soulignons que les mêmes types de terminologies sont utilisées par les sociétés pratiquant la possession. Nombre d'ethnologues ont démontré l'importance de la musique, associée à la danse, pour son bon déroulement. Selon le contexte culturel ou les phases du rituel, le rôle de la musique varie mais elle va servir généralement : à identifier, invoquer ou à consulter l'entité surnaturelle. Mais la musique n'est pas son seul déclencheur. Cette possession peut être vécue négativement quand elle est à l'action d'esprits malveillants, et la musique perd de son importance, même si l'identification de l'entité extérieure reste souvent nécessaire pour l’exorciser. Les solutions à apporter sont nombreuses.

Possession

By Elana Johnson
  • Format : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : Simon and Schuster
  • Isbn : 9781442423916
  • Pages : 416
  • Category : Juvenile Fiction
  • Reads : 287
  • File Pdf: possession.pdf

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Toe the line between rule-following and rule-breaking in this tense and twisted start to a smart and sexy dystopian trilogy. Vi knows the Rule: Girls don’t walk with boys, and they never even think about kissing them. But no one makes Vi want to break the Rules more than Zenn…and since the Thinkers have chosen him as Vi’s future match, how much trouble can one kiss cause? The Thinkers may have brainwashed the rest of the population, but Vi is determined to think for herself. But the Thinkers are unusually persuasive, and they’re set on convincing Vi to become one of them….starting by brainwashing Zenn. Vi can’t leave Zenn in the Thinkers’ hands, but she’s wary of joining the rebellion, especially since that means teaming up with Jag. Jag is egotistical, charismatic, and dangerous—everything Zenn’s not. Vi can’t quite trust Jag and can’t quite resist him, but she also can’t give up on Zenn. This is a game of control or be controlled. And Vi has no choice but to play.

External Possession

By Doris L. Payne,Immanuel Barshi
  • Format : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : John Benjamins Publishing
  • Isbn : 9027298602
  • Pages : 573
  • Category : Language Arts & Disciplines
  • Reads : 171
  • File Pdf: external-possession.pdf

Book Summary:

External Possession Constructions (EPCs) are found in nearly all parts of the world and across widely divergent language families. The data-rich papers in this first-ever volume on EPCs document their typological variability, explore diachronic reasons for variations, and investigate their functions and theoretical ramifications. EPCs code the possessor as a core grammatical relation of the verb and in a constituent separate from that which contains the possessed item. Though EPCs express possession, they do so without the necessary involvement of a possessive predicate such as “have” or “own”. In many cases, EPCs appear to “break the rules” about how many arguments a verb of a given valence can have. They thus constitute an important limiting case for evaluating theories of the relationship between verbal argument structure and syntactic clause structure. They also raise core questions about intersections among verbal valence, cognitive event construal, voice, and language processing.

How about Demons?

By Felicitas D. Goodman
  • Format : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : Indiana University Press
  • Isbn : 025301462X
  • Pages : 165
  • Category : Social Science
  • Reads : 375
  • File Pdf: how-about-demons.pdf

Book Summary:

"Quite an interesting book... " Religious Studies Review"It is by far superior to anything else on demons we have seen in the past few years." The American Rationalist"... Goodman is to be commended for a stimulating and wide-reaching treatment of a compelling and much-debated subject." Journal of Folklore ResearchRich in detail derived from the author's fieldwork and the anthropological literature, this work paints a picture of possession as one of the usually positive and most widespread of human religious experiences. It also details the ritual of exorcism, which is applied when things go wrong.

Begone Satan

By Rev. Fr. Carl Vogl
  • Format : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : TAN Books
  • Isbn : 1505106885
  • Pages : 48
  • Category : Religion
  • Reads : 216
  • File Pdf: begone-satan.pdf

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Famous 23-day-long exorcism case of Erling, Iowa. Incredible and frightening. We have received several letters from Iowa verifying that this exorcism really occurred. Probably the most famous exorcism ever performed in the U.S.A.

Possession, Puritanism and Print

By Marion Gibson
  • Format : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Isbn : 1317315642
  • Pages : 218
  • Category : History
  • Reads : 253
  • File Pdf: possession-puritanism-and-print.pdf

Book Summary:

Tells a story of injustice and passionate resistance to religious persecution in the last years of Queen Elizabeth's reign. Through an analysis of a sensational series of demonic possessions and exorcisms, this book highlights the existence of controversies in print in the late Elizabethan period of the kind that would one day lead to civil war.

Possession, Puritanism and Print

By Marion Gibson
  • Format : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Isbn : 1317315634
  • Pages : 218
  • Category : History
  • Reads : 760
  • File Pdf: possession-puritanism-and-print.pdf

Book Summary:

Tells a story of injustice and passionate resistance to religious persecution in the last years of Queen Elizabeth's reign. Through an analysis of a sensational series of demonic possessions and exorcisms, this book highlights the existence of controversies in print in the late Elizabethan period of the kind that would one day lead to civil war.

Enchantments

By Mya Spalter
  • Format : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : Lenny
  • Isbn : 0525509666
  • Pages : 226
  • Category : Body, Mind & Spirit
  • Reads : 846
  • File Pdf: enchantments.pdf

Book Summary:

Protect your energy, honor your intuition, raise your vibration, and build spells for every part of your life. “Hilariously conversational, deceptively deep, and phenomenally illustrated, Enchantments will blow your mind and make you laugh while imparting expert knowledge of witchcraft and why it’s so needed today.”—Natasha Lyonne, actress and producer Mya Spalter spent years among candles, herbs, cats, and spells as an employee at New York City’s oldest occult shop, Enchantments. In this beautifully illustrated book, Spalter sets out to share ways that she’s found to live life magically and maintain spiritual connection with the elements and the universe. She offers an approachable compendium of magical knowledge that will equip you to construct your own original spells, build rituals around your intuition, and find your way toward being your own unique kind of witch. Black and queer, Spalter has written this friendly, inclusive guide that will teach anyone how to: • Build an altar: Find the right tools to model the grace and beauty you aspire to find in your life. • Cast a self-love spell on yourself: Recognize your own strength and power to inspire happiness and fulfillment. • Clear out negative energies: Identify and rid yourself of the things holding you back. • Set meaningful intentions: Create daily practices that positively affect yourself and the world around you. You will learn how certain colors can help raise your vibrations, directions for herbal blends and potions, the keys to banishing unfriendly spirits (with cleansing rituals or even a dance party), and invaluable instructions in the timeless arts of astrology, tarot, crystals, and finding a parking spot downtown. Open this book and enchant your own life!

The Marriage Possession

By Helen Bianchin
  • Format : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : Harlequin
  • Isbn : 1426800061
  • Pages : 192
  • Category : Fiction
  • Reads : 567
  • File Pdf: the-marriage-possession.pdf

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For the past year, Lisane Deveraux has been a successful lawyer by day and millionaireZac Winstone's passionate mistress by night. A surprise pregnancy changes everything. Zac insists on commitment. But is he simplyprotecting his prize possessions—his beautiful lover and his future heir? For the sake of their baby, Lisane will become Zac's trophy wife…knowing that his heart willnever be part of the deal.

Dark Heart: Possession

By MomsDarkSecret
  • Format : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : Lulu Press, Inc
  • Isbn : 1312567082
  • Pages :
  • Category : Fiction
  • Reads : 457
  • File Pdf: dark-heart.pdf

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Douglas Drake and Addison Goddard succeeded in preventing the Eternal One from awakening; an event which would have brought about the end of the world. But the summoning which almost destroyed everything released an untold number of demons and now the two boys, along with Addison’s parents, must face a series of demonic possessions and attempt to exorcise the victims. At the same time, Doug struggles to control and use his strange powers under Addison’s guidance, a task which is sometimes complicated by his intense passion for the other boy. And on top of all this, Doug must deal with coming out to his friends. But which is worse: explaining that he is gay or that he is a wildly dangerous telekinetic? Recommended for readers 18 and up.

Possessed!

By Hans Holzer
  • Format : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : Crossroad Press
  • Isbn : N.a
  • Pages :
  • Category : Body, Mind & Spirit
  • Reads : 988
  • File Pdf: possessed.pdf

Book Summary:

Have you ever known anyone who was possessed? Possessed by a spirit from beyond the grave? Hans Holzer, world-famous psychic investigator, knows many people who have been possessed—people whose lives have been taken over and controlled by disembodied spirits of the dead. And he has written this book about them. POSSESSED! is Mr. Holzer’s detailed and fascinating account of the mysterious world of possession—what it is, why it happens, how it can be stopped. Here are all the facts and all the answers with actual case histories of reported possessions. Possessions that happened to people in our own time—to people you may even know! If you doubt, read this book. If you are curious, read this book. POSSESSED!

No Gentle Possession

By Anne Mather
  • Format : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : Harlequin
  • Isbn : 1460348044
  • Pages :
  • Category : Fiction
  • Reads : 531
  • File Pdf: no-gentle-possession.pdf

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Karen Sinclair was deeply ashamed of her brief, inglorious love affair with Alexis Whitney seven years earlier. Since then she'd settled down—with an interesting job and a steady boyfriend. Everything was so calm and pleasant that when Alexis unexpectedly came back into her life, Karen was shocked to realize she still found him disturbingly attractive. But Alexis hadn't been the least bit interested in marraige all those years ago. And with his beautiful stepmother, Michelle, around, why should he be interested now…?

The Possession Of Lillie And Rose

By Adam Thomson
  • Format : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : Babelcube Inc
  • Isbn : 1507197330
  • Pages : 42
  • Category : Fiction
  • Reads : 797
  • File Pdf: the-possession-of-lillie-and-rose.pdf

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The Johnsons live a perfect life. Everything they have is thanks to the money Dr. Jerrold Johnson makes at his private abortion clinic. However, everything changes when tragedy befalls the family and their sweet daughter, Rose, is possessed by a demon. Flesh, blood, desire and violence: the family experiences all of these to the extreme as they try to fight of the powerful demon that will change their lives forever. Faced with massacres, incest and suffering, a priest and a medium perform an exorcism in a desperate attempt to save Rose and her twin, Lillie, from their terrible fate. The maid’s superstition and the doctor’s cynicism and avarice allow the demon to burrow deep into the children’s conscious, forcing them to permit heinous crimes and driving them to the point of brutal murder.

Drawing Down the Spirits

By Kenaz Filan,Raven Kaldera
  • Format : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : Simon and Schuster
  • Isbn : 1594779287
  • Pages : 352
  • Category : Body, Mind & Spirit
  • Reads : 719
  • File Pdf: drawing-down-the-spirits.pdf

Book Summary:

An insider’s view of the inner workings and prevalence of spirit possession in our modern world • Provides practical techniques for preparation, safety, aftercare, and aborting harmful possessions • Reveals the forms of ritual possession present throughout the world--including Uganda, Nepal, Korea, Bali, Greece, Turkey, Scandinavia, and France Drawing Down the Spirits presents an insider’s view of the inner workings, sacred traditions, and prevalence of spirit possession existing in our modern world. Spirit possession is an integral part of shamanism as well as many neo-pagan forms of worship that draw down deities or invite spirit possession. However, spirit possession is not for the unprepared. In Drawing Down the Spirits, Kenaz Filan and Raven Kaldera, both initiated and experienced in shamanic and Vodou traditions, present the practical guidance needed to participate in ritual possession. Addressing the benefits and the dangers that await the naive, Filan and Kaldera show that there is no such thing as a guaranteed “safe” possession because spirits have their own agenda--and they are much more powerful than we are. The authors provide a variety of techniques to prepare for possession and abort possession and to promote the safety of the possessed as well as the spirits and witnesses present. With a wide-ranging look at the historic forms of ritual possession found throughout the world--including Uganda, Nepal, Korea, Bali, Greece, Turkey, Scandinavia, and France--the authors also include numerous firsthand accounts collected from witnesses of modern spirit possession.

Blood Ties Book Two: Possession

By Jennifer Armintrout
  • Format : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : Harlequin
  • Isbn : 146030490X
  • Pages : 400
  • Category : Fiction
  • Reads : 504
  • File Pdf: blood-ties-book-two.pdf

Book Summary:

My father always said fear was a weakness. Well, that's easy to say when you don't have to worry about vampire slayers or holy water. I hate fear, but undead life goes on. In the two months since I was attacked in the hospital morgue and turned into a vampire, I've killed my evil sire, Cyrus, fallen in love with my new sire, Nathan, and have even gotten used to drinking blood. Just when things are finally returning to normal—as normal as they can be when sunlight can kill you—Nathan becomes possessed. And then he slaughters an innocent human. Now it's my job to find Nathan before the Voluntary Vampire Extinction Movement does, because they're just waiting for an excuse to terminate him—and anyone foolish enough to help him. But it gets worse. It turns out that Nathan's been possessed by one of the most powerful and wicked vampires alive—the Soul Eater. And who knows what vile plan he's concocted? With the Soul Eater and my possessed sire on the loose, I have a lot to fear. Including being killed. Again.

The Possession of Barbe Hallay

By Mairi Cowan
  • Format : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : McGill-Queen's Press - MQUP
  • Isbn : 0228014999
  • Pages : 272
  • Category : History
  • Reads : 288
  • File Pdf: the-possession-of-barbe-hallay.pdf

Book Summary:

When strange signs appeared in the sky over Québec during the autumn of 1660, people began to worry about evil forces in their midst. They feared that witches and magicians had arrived in the colony, and a teenaged servant named Barbe Hallay started to act as if she were possessed. The community tried to make sense of what was happening, and why. Priests and nuns performed rituals to drive the demons away, while the bishop and the governor argued about how to investigate their suspicions of witchcraft. A local miller named Daniel Vuil, accused of using his knowledge of the dark arts to torment Hallay, was imprisoned and then executed. Stories of the demonic infestation circulated through the small settlement on the St Lawrence River for several years. In The Possession of Barbe Hallay Mairi Cowan revisits these stories to understand the everyday experiences and deep anxieties of people in New France. Her findings offer insight into beliefs about demonology and witchcraft, the limits of acceptable adolescent behaviour, the dissonance between a Catholic colony in theory and the church’s wavering influence in practice, the contested authority accorded to women as healers, and the insecurities of the colonial project. As the people living through the events knew at the time, and as this study reveals, New France was in a precarious position. The Possession of Barbe Hallay is both a fascinating account of a case of demonic possession and an accessible introduction to social and religious history in early modern North America.

The Mind Possessed

By Emma Cohen
  • Format : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : Oxford University Press
  • Isbn : 9780198043478
  • Pages : 256
  • Category : Social Science
  • Reads : 154
  • File Pdf: the-mind-possessed.pdf

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The cognitive science of religion has made a persuasive case for the view that a number of different psychological systems are involved in the construction and transmission of notions of extranatural agency such as deities and spirits. Until now this work has been based largely on findings in experimental psychology, illustrated mainly with hypothetical or anecdotal examples. In The Mind Possessed, Emma Cohen considers how the psychological systems undergirding spirit concepts are activated in real-world settings. Spirit possession practices have long had a magnetizing effect on academic researchers but there have been few, if any, satisfactory theoretical treatments of spirit possession that attempt to account for its emergence and spread globally. Drawing on ethnographic data collected during eighteen months of fieldwork in Bel?m, northern Brazil, Cohen combines fine-grained descriptions and analyses of mediumistic activities in an Afro-Brazilian cult house with a scientifically-grounded explanation for the emergence and spread of ideas about spirits, possession and healing. Cohen shows why spirit possession and its associated activities are inherently attention-grabbing. Making a radical departure from traditional anthropological, medicalist and sociological analyses, she argues that a cognitive approach offers more precise and testable hypotheses concerning the spread and appeal of spirit concepts and possession activities. This timely book presents new lines of enquiry for the cognitive science of religion (a rapidly growing field of interdisciplinary scholarship) and challenges the theoretical frameworks within which spirit possession practices have traditionally been understood.

Consequences of Possession

By Eric Descheemaeker
  • Format : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : Edinburgh University Press
  • Isbn : 0748693653
  • Pages : 244
  • Category : Law
  • Reads : 99
  • File Pdf: consequences-of-possession.pdf

Book Summary:

The first coherent analysis of the topic of possession from a comparative and historical legal perspective. The volume comprises contributions from some very distinguished scholars from the civilian tradition (Germany, Italy) as well as the common law (England) and mixed legal systems (Quebec, Scotland, South Africa).

TERMS OF POSSESSION

By Elizabeth Power,Michiko Soh
  • Format : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : Harlequin / SB Creative
  • Isbn : 4596249334
  • Pages :
  • Category : Comics & Graphic Novels
  • Reads : 827
  • File Pdf: terms-of-possession.pdf

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Nadine didn’t know what to do. She was asked to be a surrogate mother by her friend Lisa, and how could she refuse? But the agreement requires her to spend the night with Lisa’s husband, Cameron, and Nadine is worried that the feelings she’s long supressed might resurface. She has been secretly in love with Cameron for six years, and the morning after sleeping with Cameron, her heart is filled with regret. But then Nadine catches Lisa cheating on Cameron, and she must decide what that will mean for her and Cameron.

Spirited Things

By Paul Christopher Johnson
  • Format : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : University of Chicago Press
  • Isbn : 022612293X
  • Pages : 344
  • Category : Social Science
  • Reads : 262
  • File Pdf: spirited-things.pdf

Book Summary:

The word “possession” is anything but transparent, especially as it developed in the context of the African Americas. There it referred variously to spirits, material goods, and people. It served as a watershed term marking both transactions in which people were made into things—via slavery—and ritual events by which the thingification of people was revised. In Spirited Things, Paul Christopher Johnson gathers together essays by leading anthropologists in the Americas that reopen the concept of possession on these two fronts in order to examine the relationship between African religions in the Atlantic and the economies that have historically shaped—and continue to shape—the cultures that practice them. Exploring the way spirit possessions were framed both by material things—including plantations, the Catholic church, the sea, and the phonograph—as well as by the legacy of slavery, they offer a powerful new way of understanding the Atlantic world.

Painted Demons

By William Rand
  • Format : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : BookRix
  • Isbn : 3730912488
  • Pages : 304
  • Category : Fiction
  • Reads : 587
  • File Pdf: painted-demons.pdf

Book Summary:

When John Hardin's brother, a priest, apparently commits suicide, he goes to his brother's parish in Philadelphia to find out the truth of what happened. The events of the suicide are revealed to him by the pastor and by a possessed man through a series of short stories. Painted Demons presents a series of violent confrontations between people and elements they see as evil. The reader may not always agree with those judgments; where a character names evil, the reader may see justice, sickness or blind authority. But before that realization, the reader must often wait to see from which character or source the horror will come. In each case, normal people are introduced leading average lives; but their existence becomes threatened by something or someone they have previously known as sane and safe: an elevator, a city bus, a bit of trivia, a parent, a spouse. The stories always encase a vein of normalcy, Character and relationships become the backbone of each story and contrast with the fast plot, violence, and horror which develop to drive each story to its climax. Along with the horror, a main goal of the collection is the surprise of unpredictability from story to story. Most of the tales deal with the supernatural, but not all. They are split between first and third person narrators, but any story is as likely to be told from the point of view of the evil or predator as from the intended victim. Sometimes the evil wins, sometimes not. And once or twice the reader may not be sure. Some stories have no descriptions of gore, while others rip and bleed. But they are all stories about people—plain but very disparate people—caught suddenly in desperate, terrifying situations.

Riddles of Belonging

By Christi A. Merrill
  • Format : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : Fordham Univ Press
  • Isbn : 0823229572
  • Pages : 304
  • Category : Language Arts & Disciplines
  • Reads : 484
  • File Pdf: riddles-of-belonging.pdf

Book Summary:

Can the subaltern joke? Christi A. Merrill answers by invoking riddling, oral-based fictions from Hindi, Rajasthani, Sanskrit, and Urdu that dare to laugh at what traditions often keep hidden-whether spouse abuse, ethnic violence, or the uncertain legacies of a divinely wrought sex change. Herself a skilled translator, Merrill uses these examples to investigate the expectation that translated work should allow the non-English-speaking subaltern to speak directly to the English-speaking reader. She plays with the trope of speaking to argue against treating a translated text as property, as a singular material object to be "carried across" (as trans-latus implies.) She refigures translation as a performative "telling in turn," from the Hindi word anuvad, to explain how a text might be multiply possessed. She thereby challenges the distinction between "original" and "derivative," fundamental to nationalist and literary discourse, humoring our melancholic fixation on what is lost. Instead, she offers strategies for playing along with the subversive wit found in translated texts. Sly jokes and spirited double entendres, she suggests, require equally spirited double hearings. The playful lessons offered by these narratives provide insight into the networks of transnational relations connecting us across a sea of differences. Generations of multilingual audiences in India have been navigating this "Ocean of the Stream of Stories" since before the 11th century, arriving at a fluid sense of commonality across languages. Salman Rushdie is not the first to pose crucial questions of belonging by telling a version of this narrative: the work of non-English-language writers like Vijay Dan Detha, whose tales are at the core of this book, asks what responsibilities we have to make the rights and wrongs of these fictions come alive "age after age."

Possessed by the Virgin

By Kristin C. Bloomer
  • Format : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : Oxford University Press
  • Isbn : 0190615117
  • Pages : 320
  • Category : Religion
  • Reads : 498
  • File Pdf: possessed.pdf

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In the early 1980s, in a rural village in South India, a Dalit woman miscarried. She hovered on the edge of death--until the Virgin Mary led her to a chapel and possessed her. For years, hundreds of ailing Catholics and Hindus came to this woman for healing, and Mary made them well. Two decades later, in the metropolis of Chennai, a boy named Alex lay in his hospital bed sick with fever when the Virgin Mary appeared to him and told him to walk. He did--and at home, he felt Mary enter his body. Soon, his older cousin Rosalind also showed signs of Marian possession. Mary told them that her name was "Jecintho." Within three years, another young woman in Chennai also became possessed by Jecintho and began exhibiting signs of stigmata: blood flowing from her hands and eyes. Possessed by the Virgin is an ethnographic account of Marian possession, healing, and exorcism among Catholics and Hindus in southeast India. Following the lives of three Tamil Roman Catholic women for more than a decade, Kristin C. Boomer attends to the women's own descriptions of their experience with Marian possession, as well as to those of the people who came to them for healing. Her book investigates how possession is possible and in what contexts such experiences can be read as authentic. Roman Catholic officials have responded in various ways: banning certain activities while promoting others. Their responses reflect the complicated relationship of the Roman Catholic Church with non-Christian religious practices on the Indian subcontinent, where "possession" (a term introduced by missionaries) involving deities and spirits has long been commonplace and where gods, goddesses and spirits have long inhabited people. This ground sets the stage for Bloomer to explore questions of agency, gender, subjectivity, and power, and the complex interconnection between the ethnographic "Self" and the "Other."

A Coveted Possession

By Michael Atherton
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  • Publisher : Black Inc.
  • Isbn : 1743820526
  • Pages : 288
  • Category : Music
  • Reads : 902
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The intriguing cultural history of the piano in Australia From the instruments that floated ashore at Sydney Cove in the late eighteenth century to the resurrection of derelict heirlooms in the streets of twenty-first-century Melbourne, A Coveted Possession tells the curious story of Australia’s intimate and intrepid relationship with the piano. It charts the piano’s fascinating adventures across Australia – on the goldfields, at the frontlines of war, in the manufacturing hubs of the Federation era, and in the hands of the makers, entrepreneurs, teachers and virtuosos of the twentieth history – to illuminate the many worlds in which the ivories were tinkled. Before electricity brought us the gramophone, the radio and eventually the TV, the piano was central to family and community life. With its iron frame, polished surfaces and ivory keys, an upright piano in the home was a modern industrial machine, a musical instrument and a treasured member of the household, conveying powerful messages about class, education, leisure, national identity and intergenerational history. ‘Michael Atherton cleverly weaves visual, sensual and sonic elements into the piano’s sociocultural history, adding a rich layer to our knowledge of the piano in Australia.’ —Professor Julia Horne, historian

Fertile Disorder

By Kalpana Ram
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  • Publisher : University of Hawaii Press
  • Isbn : 0824837789
  • Pages : 336
  • Category : Social Science
  • Reads : 248
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In her innovative new book, Kalpana Ram reflects on the way spirit possession unsettles some of the foundational assumptions of modernity. What is a human subject under the varied conditions commonly associated with possession? What kind of subjectivity must already be in place to allow such a transformation to occur? How does it alter our understanding of memory and emotion if these assail us in the form of ghosts rather than as attributes of subjective experience? What does it mean to worship deities who are afflictive and capricious, yet bear an intimate relationship to justice? What is a "human" body if it can be taken over by a whole array of entities? What is agency if people can be "claimed" in this manner? What is gender if, while possessed, a woman is a woman no longer? Drawing on spirit possession among women and the rich traditions of subaltern religion in Tamil Nadu, South India, Ram concludes that the basis for constructing an alternative understanding of human agency need not rest on the usual requirements of a fully present consciousness or on the exercise of choice and planning. Instead of relegating possession, ghosts, and demons to the domain of the exotic, Ram uses spirit possession to illuminate ordinary experiences and relationships. In doing so, she uncovers fundamental instabilities that continue to haunt modern formulations of gender, human agency, and political emancipation. Fertile Disorder interrogates the modern assumptions about gender, agency, and subjectivity that underlie the social improvement projects circulating in Tamil Nadu, assumptions that directly shape people’s lives. The book pays particular attention to projects of family planning, development, reform, and emancipation. Combining ethnography with philosophical argument, Ram fashions alternatives to standard post-modernist and post-structuralist formulations. Grounded in decades of fieldwork, ambitious and wide ranging, her work is conceived as a journey that makes incursions into the unfamiliar, then returns us to the familiar. She argues that magic is not a monopoly of any one culture, historical period, or social formation but inhabits modernity—not only in the places, such as cinema and sound recording, where it is commonly looked for, but in "habit" and in aspects of everyday life that have been largely overlooked and shunned. Fertile Disorder will be of interest to a wide range of scholars in anthropology, religion, gender studies, subaltern studies, and post colonial theory.

Predicative Possession

By Leon Stassen
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  • Publisher : OUP Oxford
  • Isbn : 0191568147
  • Pages : 832
  • Category : Language Arts & Disciplines
  • Reads : 304
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This is the first comprehensive treatment of the strategies employed in the world's languages to express predicative possession, as in "the boy has a bat". It presents the results of the author's fifteen-year research project on the subject. Predicative possession is the source of many grammaticalization paths - as in the English perfect tense formed from to have - and its typology is an important key to understanding the structural variety of the world's languages and how they change. Drawing on data from some 400 languages representing all the world's language families, most of which lack a close equivalent to the verb to have, Professor Stassen aims (a) to establish a typology of four basic types of predicative possession, (b) to discover and describe the processes by which standard constructions can be modified, and (c) to explore links between the typology of predicative possession and other typologies in order to reveal patterns of interdependence. He shows, for example, that the parameter of simultaneous sequencing - the way a language formally encodes a sequence like "John sang and Mary danced" - correlates with the way it encodes predicative possession. By means of this and other links the author sets up a single universal model in order to account for all morphosyntactic variation in predicative possession found in the languages of the world, including patterns of variation over time. Predicative Possession will interest scholars and advanced students of language typology, diachronic linguistics, morphology and syntax.

Possession, Power and the New Age

By Matthew Wood
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  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Isbn : 131707758X
  • Pages : 246
  • Category : Religion
  • Reads : 196
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This book provides a new sociological account of contemporary religious phenomena such as channelling, holistic healing, meditation and divination, which are usually classed as part of a New Age Movement. Drawing on his extensive ethnography carried out in the UK, alongside comparative studies in America and Europe, Matthew Wood criticises the view that such phenomena represent spirituality in which self-authority is paramount. Instead, he emphasises the role of social authority and the centrality of spirit possession, linking these to participants' class positions and experiences of secularisation. Informed by sociological and anthropological approaches to social power and practice, especially the work of Pierre Bourdieu and Michel Foucault, Wood's study explores what he calls the nonformative regions of the religious field, and charts similarities and differences with pagan, spiritualist and Theosophical traditions.

The Grammar of Possession

By Maura Velázquez-Castillo
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  • Publisher : John Benjamins Publishing
  • Isbn : 902728198X
  • Pages : 274
  • Category : Language Arts & Disciplines
  • Reads : 220
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The Grammar of Possession: Inalienability, incorporation and possessor ascension in Guaraní, is an exhaustive study of linguistic structures in Paraguayan Guaraní which are directly or indirectly associated with the semantic domain of inalienability. Constructions analyzed in the book include adnominal and predicative possessive constructions, noun incorporation, and possessor ascension. Examples are drawn from a rich data base that incorporate native speaker intuitions and resources in the construction of illustrative linguistic forms as well as the analysis of the communicative use of the forms under study. The book provides a complete picture of inalienability as a coherent integrated system of grammatical and semantic oppositions in a language that has received little attention in the theoretical linguistic literature. The analysis moves from general principles to specific details of the language while applying principles of Cognitive Grammar and Functional Linguistics. There is an explicit aim to uncover the particularities of form-meaning connections, as well as the communicative and discourse functions of the structures examined. Other approaches are also considered when appropriate, resulting in a theoretically informed study that contains a rich variety of considerations.

Demonic Possession in the New Testament

By William M. Alexander
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  • Publisher : Wipf and Stock Publishers
  • Isbn : 1579107257
  • Pages : 304
  • Category : Religion
  • Reads : 775
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Demon possession in New Testament times was real, contends the author in the face of rationalistic denials. A study of the Gospels reveals that genuine demon possession had two distinctive elements: (1) insanity or idiocy of some sort, forming the natural element,Ó and (2) the confession of Jesus as Messiah, forming the supernatural element.Ó The author's research also led him to conclude that demon possession in the New Testament is a unique phenomenon in the history of the world, being confined indeed to the earlier portion of the ministry of our Lord.Ó Why did this phenomenon erupt when it did? The incarnation initiated the establishment of the kingdom of heaven upon earth. That determined a countermovement among the powers of darkness. Genuine demonic possession was one of its manifestations.Ó Entire chapters are devoted to historic demonology, medical aspects of demonic possession, the existence of genuine demonic possession, the New Testament narratives concerning the Beelzebul controversyÓ and the Gerasene affair,Ó and the alleged continuance of genuine demonic possession.

Bodies, Boundaries and Spirit Possession

By Margaret Rausch
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  • Publisher : transcript Verlag
  • Isbn : 3839400465
  • Pages : 276
  • Category : Social Science
  • Reads : 321
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The social structures of Moroccan society have been changing in accordance with western models at an ever-growing rate. The role of Islam in sharing the burden of these changes and in narrowing the ever-expanding gap between modernity and tradition is exemplified by the folk-Islamic spirit possession practices presented in this study. By adjusting their vocation to ongoing processes of commercialization and professionalization and to the changing needs and expectations of their female clientele, traditional women seers have increasingly taken on the therapeutic task of helping women to resolve the growing number of inner and interpersonal conflicts in their daily lives.

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