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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


Possession Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Rene Gutteridge
Editor: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.
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In the aftermath of investigating the D.C. sniper case, police detective Vance Graegan is burned out on life and love. Hoping to save his marriage, he quits the force and moves his wife and son to the other side of the country. But when the movers decide to hold his belongings for ransom, Vance is determined to ensure that his family’s new beginning is not ruined. Soon, though, losing his possessions becomes the least of his problems as everything they are fighting for begins to unravel in the hands of Vance’s past. In an unforgettable climax, a little boy’s innocent faith brings a group of desperate people to their knees. What is at stake counts for everything, but nothing can prepare Vance for who is behind it.


Possession Pdf/ePub eBook Author: T.K. Leigh
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USA Today bestselling author T.K. Leigh delivers her most gripping and breathtaking story to date about two star-crossed lovers and a secret that could destroy everything. Weston Bradford entered my world in a whirlwind. Or, more accurately, during a torrential downpour. After our brief encounter, I didn’t think I’d ever see the attractive man with mesmerizing blue eyes again. Not in a city the size of Atlanta. Until I agree to take on a historic home renovation and learn the owner is none other than the same Weston Bradford who I met in the rain. We’re as opposite as two people can be, but there’s no denying the spark, the connection, the invisible tether pulling us toward one another. But my past has left me broken and scarred, forcing me to erect walls around myself. That doesn’t seem to deter Wes, though. He’s more than happy to scale those walls to possess the one thing I swore I’d never give another person again — my heart. When the past collides with my present in an unexpected way, will he stand by my side and weather the storm threatening to destroy everything? Or will he abandon me like everyone else in my life? Possession in the first book in the Possession Duet, a spinoff of the Redemption Duet. Start this story of two star-crossed lovers today, and find out if love truly can conquer hate. Topics: second chance, second chance romance, young love, contemporary romance, modern romance, Atlanta romance, summer romance, funny romance, smart romance, humorous romance, city romance, lighthearted romance, hot romance, sexy, heartwarming, heart-warming, love, love books, kissing books, emotional journey, contemporary, contemporary romance, romance series, romance series, USA Today bestseller, USA Today bestselling romance author, T.K. Leigh, T.K. Leigh books, wealthy hero, hero, sassy heroine, strong heroine, funny heroine, quirky heroine, mysterious hero, second chance romance, gripping romance, captivating romance, hot romance, steamy romance, forbidden romance, interracial romance, southern romance, georgia, atlanta, small town southern romance, small town romance, home renovation romance, home renovation, home improvement romance, home improvement, alpha male, protective, angsty, angsty, boss/employee, divorced heroine, emotional hurt, emotional trauma, sexual assault, survivor, black woman white man, bwwm, kissing, kissing book, billionaire, contemporary romance, contemporary, love, contemporary love, city romance, multicultural, discrimination, racial discrimination, mythological references, past abuse, past violence, PTSD, scars from the past, scars/deep emotional wounds, slow burn, slow romance, small town southern romance, soul mates, tortured heroine,


Possession Pdf/ePub eBook Author: J.M. Dillard,Kathleen O'malley
Editor: Simon and Schuster
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Eighty years ago, bodiless entities brought a plague of violence and bloodshed to the planet Vulcan. The nightmare ended only when the entities were trapped inside special containers. Now, on the eve of a galaxy-scale scientific exposition, the containers have been opened, freeing the malevolent entities to possess the minds and bodies of all they encounter, including the crew of the Starship Enterprise™. Friends turn into foes, and no one can be trusted as Captain Picard faces a deadly and insidious threat. Unless the entities can be stopped once more, they will spread their madness throughout the entire federation.


Possession Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Elana Johnson
Editor: Simon and Schuster
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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.


PASSIONATE POSSESSION Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Penny Jordan,Yuka Moriya
Editor: Harlequin / SB Creative
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PASSIONATE POSSESSION by Penny Jordan,Yuka Moriya Summary

Lucy can’t help but be troubled by Niall, a hotshot entrepreneur who suddenly kisses her at a party. After that kiss, he’s been nothing but a headache for her. Lucy’s been afraid to lose anyone she loves again after losing both of her parents when she was seventeen. She’s worked hard to ensure she can make it all on her own, but Niall’s kindness is starting to unravel the stubbornness in her heart. Lucy wants to avoid him, but she ends up falling for him instead. But Niall already has a beautiful lover…


Possession Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Guy Deloeuvre
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Possession by Guy Deloeuvre Summary

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.

External Possession

External Possession Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Doris L. Payne,Immanuel Barshi
Editor: John Benjamins Publishing
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External Possession by Doris L. Payne,Immanuel Barshi 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.

The Law of Possession

The Law of Possession Pdf/ePub eBook Author: William S. Sax,Helene Basu
Editor: Oxford University Press
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The Law of Possession by William S. Sax,Helene Basu Summary

Rituals combining healing with spirit possession and court-like proceedings are found around the world and throughout history. For example, a person suffers from an illness that cannot be cured, and in order to be healed he performs a ritual involving prosecution and defense, a judge and witnesses. Divine beings give evidence through human oracles, spirits possess their human victims and are exorcized, and local gods intervene to provide healing and justice. Such practices seem to be the very antithesis of modernity and many modern, secular states have systematically attempted to eliminate them. Why are such rituals largely absent from modern societies, and what happens to them when the state attempts to expunge them from their health and justice systems, or even to criminalize them? Despite the prevalence of rituals involving some or all of these elements, The Law of Possession represents the first attempt to compare and analyze them systematically. The volume brings together historical and contemporary case studies from East Asia, South Asia, and Africa, and argues that, despite consistent attempts by states to discourage, eliminate, and criminalize them, such rituals persist and even thrive because they meet widespread human needs.

Demonic Possession in the New Testament

Demonic Possession in the New Testament Pdf/ePub eBook Author: William M. Alexander
Editor: Wipf and Stock Publishers
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Demonic Possession in the New Testament by William M. Alexander Summary

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.

Spirit Possession around the World: Possession, Communion, and Demon Expulsion across Cultures

Spirit Possession around the World: Possession, Communion, and Demon Expulsion across Cultures Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Joseph P. Laycock
Editor: ABC-CLIO
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Spirit Possession around the World: Possession, Communion, and Demon Expulsion across Cultures by Joseph P. Laycock Summary

This book provides a fascinating historical and cultural overview of traditional beliefs about spirit possession and exorcism around the world, from Europe to Asia and the Middle East to the Americas. • Provides an interdisciplinary perspective on the subject of spirit possession, reflecting the work of scholars and experts from many fields • Covers a wide range of cultures, traditions, and phenomena with up-to-date, little-known information that is difficult to find through independent research • Includes primary documents that give students accounts of exorcism and spiritual possession and serve to foster critical thinking skills and media literacy • Features sidebars that illuminate key points and present related information, with special attention paid to exorcism and spirit possession in popular culture


Possession Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Kat Richardson
Editor: Penguin
ISBN: 1101614064
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Harper Blaine was your average small-time PI until she died—for two minutes. Now Harper is a Greywalker, treading the thin line between the living world and the paranormal realm. And she’s discovering that her new abilities are landing her all sorts of “strange” cases. When a comatose woman suddenly wakes up and starts painting scenes she’s never witnessed, with a skill she’s never had, medical science has no explanation. As more bizarre phenomena manifest, including strange voices coming from her mouth, even her doctors wonder whether the woman may be possessed. Frustrated and frightened, the patient’s sister turns to Harper to discover who—or what—is occupying her sister’s body. As Harper digs into the case, she discovers other patients struck with the same mystifying afflictions and a disturbing connection to one of the most gruesome episodes in Washington’s history....


Possession Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Helen Hardt
Editor: Waterhouse Press
ISBN: 1943893683
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Your Escape Into A World of Dark Mysteries & Spicy Romance. Jade Roberts’s love for Talon Steel is the real deal, and she’s more determined than ever to help him come to grips with whatever is haunting him. To that end, she continues her investigation of the Steels…and unknowingly attracts some dangerous foes from their shrouded history. Talon loves Jade deeply and longs to possess her forever, so he faces his worst fears and exposes his rawest wounds in an attempt to heal. The road is icy and treacherous, but if he perseveres and comes out whole on the other side, he’ll finally be worthy of Jade’s love. The untamed passion between the two still blazes, but as the horrors of Talon’s past resurface, Jade and Talon aren’t safe…


Possessed! Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Hans Holzer
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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!

Demonic Possession

Demonic Possession Pdf/ePub eBook Author: C. Torrington
Editor: Arcturus Publishing
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The idea of people possessed by evil spirits against their will is as old as the hills. Often there is thought to be a special way a person has become possessed. It might be the result of a curse cast on them by a sorcerer, or some unfortunate mishap such as stepping over a dead body. Or the demons can have been invited, in a Satanic ritual. More often, at least in recent Christian tradition, there is no initiating moment that can be identified - they just find their way in, like disease. From Pearl Curran, a housewife living in St Louis, Missouri, who soared to fame in the second decade of the 20th century as the amanuensis of 'Patience Worth', a writer who had died in the 17th century, to victims of Dissociative Personality Disorder (thought to have inspired Dr Jekyll & Mr Hyde), this book examines demonic possession from every angle.


INNOCENT IN THE ITALIAN'S POSSESSION Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Janette Kenny,Mao Kirisaka
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Gemma Cardone loves working with her boss, Cesare Marinetti, so she’s distraught when Stefano takes over the family businesswhile Cesare is in the hospital. Doing the numbers, the strict Stefano finds that the same amount of money has gone missing every month, right when Gemma and Cesare leave the country. Sure that something isn’t right, Stefano demands that she pay him and the company back every cent. And if she won’t give him the money, he’ll just have to find another way to exact payment…

Consequences of Possession

Consequences of Possession Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Eric Descheemaeker
Editor: Edinburgh University Press
ISBN: 0748693653
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Consequences of Possession by Eric Descheemaeker 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).

Possession, Puritanism and Print

Possession, Puritanism and Print Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Marion Gibson
Editor: Routledge
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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.

Predicative Possession

Predicative Possession Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Leon Stassen
Editor: OUP Oxford
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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.

The Possession Of Lillie And Rose

The Possession Of Lillie And Rose Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Adam Thomson
Editor: Babelcube Inc
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The Possession Of Lillie And Rose by Adam Thomson Summary

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.

Possession, Relative Title, and Ownership in English Law

Possession, Relative Title, and Ownership in English Law Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Luke Rostill
Editor: Oxford University Press
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Possession, Relative Title, and Ownership in English Law by Luke Rostill Summary

This monograph is concerned with two foundational principles of English property law: the principle of relativity of title and the principle that possession is a source of title. It is impossible to understand the relationship between possession and ownership in English law unless one has a sound understanding of these principles. Yet the principles have been interpreted in different ways by judges, practitioners, and academics. The volume seeks to illuminate this area of law by addressing four questions. What is possession? What is the nature of the title acquired through possession? What are the grounds of relativity of title? And, what is the relationship between relativity of title and ownership? Drawing on the analysis of the law concerning relativity of title and the acquisition of proprietary interests through possession, the author also implies that the architecture of land law and the law of personal property have many similarities.

Spirited Things

Spirited Things Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Paul Christopher Johnson
Editor: University of Chicago Press
ISBN: 022612293X
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Spirited Things by Paul Christopher Johnson 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.

The Grammar of Possession

The Grammar of Possession Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Maura Velázquez-Castillo
Editor: John Benjamins Publishing
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The Grammar of Possession by Maura Velázquez-Castillo Summary

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 and Exorcism

Demonic Possession and Exorcism Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Sarah Ferber
Editor: Routledge
ISBN: 1134615191
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Demonic Possession and Exorcism by Sarah Ferber Summary

This is a highly original study of demon possession and the ritual of exorcism, both of which were rife in early modern times, and which reached epidemic proportions in France. Catholics at the time believed that the Devil was everywhere present, in the rise of the heretics, in the activities of witches, and even in the bodies of pious young women. The rite of exorcism was intended to heal the possessed and show the power of the Church - but it generated as many problems as it resolved. Possessed nuns endured frequently violent exorcisms, exorcists were suspected of conjuring devils, and possession itself came to be seen as a form of holiness, elevating several women to the status of living saints. Sarah Ferber offers a challenging study of one of the most intriguing phenomena of early modern Europe. Looking towards the present day, the book also argues that early modern conflicts over the Devil still carry an unexpected force and significance for Western Christianity.

A.S. Byatt's Possession

A.S. Byatt's Possession Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Catherine Burgass
Editor: Bloomsbury Publishing USA
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A.S. Byatt's Possession by Catherine Burgass Summary

This is part of a new series of guides to contemporary novels. The aim of the series is to give readers accessible and informative introductions to some of the most popular, most acclaimed and most influential novels of recent years - from 'The Remains of the Day' to 'White Teeth'. A team of contemporary fiction scholars from both sides of the Atlantic has been assembled to provide a thorough and readable analysis of each of the novels in question.

Possession, Power and the New Age

Possession, Power and the New Age Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Matthew Wood
Editor: Routledge
ISBN: 131707758X
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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.

Bodies, Boundaries and Spirit Possession

Bodies, Boundaries and Spirit Possession Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Margaret Rausch
Editor: transcript Verlag
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Bodies, Boundaries and Spirit Possession by Margaret Rausch Summary

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.

Possession and Persuasion

Possession and Persuasion Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Robert Hach
Editor: Xlibris Corporation
ISBN: 1462812546
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Possession and Persuasion by Robert Hach Summary

Possession and Persuasion: The Rhetoric of Christian Faith is a rhetorical analysis of Christian history and theology initially prompted by my experience in a fundamentalist Christian sect. The story of this experience is briefly told in the prologue, "The Rhetoric of Surrender," which describes the "surrender" of my life to God through a commitment to an authoritarian Christian sect in Gainesville, Florida, in 1972, when I was a freshman at the University of Florida. I spent the following fifteen years, first, as a student recruit, trainee, and then leader in the founding church in Gainesville, and then, as a recruiter and trainer in other parts of the U.S. until I finally left the movement (now called the International Churches of Christ) in 1987. I subsequently combined graduate study in rhetoric with a continuing interest in biblical and historical scholarship in an effort to understand how my religious experience fit into the broader context of Christian history and theology. I concluded that the New Testament language of faith, originally formulated to persuade hearers of the Christian message by means of understanding, had been radically redefined and its effects rhetorically reengineered by the ecclesiastical Christianity which had gradually emerged after the first century; this process of rhetorical reinvention produced a language of faith that possessed its hearers by means of a mystical form of indoctrination, in the interest of building a religious empire. The degree to which ecclesiastical Christianity, throughout its history, has taken its faith-language seriously--my experience having been produced by a movement that took this language to its logical conclusion --is the degree to which its adherents experience a religious bondage that amounts to the antithesis of the spiritual freedom and social equality of the original experience of Christian faith. Part I, "Faith as Possession," addresses critical changes made by post-apostolic theologians in the apostolic discourse of the New Testament about the message of Jesus, specifically with reference to the rhetorics of "authority" (Chapter One), "knowledge" (Chapter Two), and "justice" (Chapter Three). This rhetorical reengineering of apostolic language facilitated the rise of the institutional Church, which rapidly replaced the apostolic message as the authorized mediator between God and humanity in general and between God and the community of faith in particular. That is, the dynamic of persuasion by an eschatological message was rapidly replaced by the dynamic of possession by an ecclesiastical system. The redefinition and reconceptualization of these apostolic terms amounted to the rhetorical invention of Christianity, a form of Greco-Roman mythology which has little in common with the faith of Jesus as it is revealed in the New Testament. The faith of Christianity became, and continues to be to varying degrees, a form of possession insofar as it consists of, in both a mystical and an institutional sense, belonging to "the Church," which relieves its members of their responsibility for their own identity and destiny. Part II, "Faith as Persuasion," explores the rhetoric of three apostolic ideals, which have generally received little more than lip service by post-apostolic Christianity: "understanding" (Chapter Four), "anticipation" (Chapter Five), and "freedom" (Chapter Six). These concepts are integral to persuasion as the modus operandi of the apostolic Christian faith. Understanding is a prerequisite to authentic persuasion in that persuasion, or belief, without understanding is the essence of possession. In that the meaning and power of the Christian message are a matter of the hope of resurrection to life in the coming kingdom of God, anticipation is the logical response to being understandingly persuaded of the truth of the message. And insofar as internal bondage characterizes life without hope

Dancing with Devtas: Drums, Power and Possession in the Music of Garhwal, North India

Dancing with Devtas: Drums, Power and Possession in the Music of Garhwal, North India Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Andrew Alter
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Dancing with Devtas: Drums, Power and Possession in the Music of Garhwal, North India by Andrew Alter Summary

In the Central Himalayan region of Garhwal, the gods (devtas) enjoy dancing. Musicians - whether ritual specialists or musical specialists - are therefore an indispensable part of most entertainment and religious events. In shamanistic ceremonies, their incantations, songs and drumming 'make' the gods possess their mediums. In other contexts, such as dramatic theatrical renditions of stories of specific deities, actors 'dance' the role of their character having become possessed by the spirit of their character. Through the powerful sounds of their drumming, musicians cause the gods to dance. Music, and more particularly musical sound, is perceived in Garhwal as a powerful force. Andrew Alter examines music and musical practice in Garhwal from an analytical perspective that explores the nexus between musical sounds and performance events. He provides insight into performance practice, vocal techniques, notions of repertoire classification, instruments, ensembles, performance venues, and dance practice. However, music is not viewed simply as a system of organized sounds such as drum strokes, pitch iterations or repertoire items. Rather, in Garhwal, the music is viewed as a system of knowledge and as a system of beliefs in which meaning and spirituality become articulated through potent sound iterations. Alter makes a significant contribution to the discipline of ethnomusicology through a detailed documentation of musical practice in the context of ritual events. The book offers a traditionally thorough historical-ethnographic study of a region with the aim of integrating the local field-based case studies of musical practices within the broader Garhwali context. The work contains invaluable oral data, which has been carefully transliterated as well as translated. Alter blends a carefully detailed analysis of drumming in conjunction with the complex ritual and social contexts of this sophisticated and semantically rich musical practice.

The Essential Guide to Possession, Depossession, and Divine Relationships

The Essential Guide to Possession, Depossession, and Divine Relationships Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Diana L. Paxson
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The Essential Guide to Possession, Depossession, and Divine Relationships by Diana L. Paxson Summary

Bestselling author of several fantasy novels, including Marion Zimmer Bradley’s Ancestors of Avalon, Diana L. Paxson now turns her attention to Trance Possession. Specifically, how to safely and effectively enter and to exit possessory trance. In possessory trance, one voluntarily offers one’s body as a vehicle for spirit work. This differs from other forms of trance in that one’s “normal” personality is replaced by a personality that is identified by oneself and one’s community as a spirit or a god. Here Paxson explores all aspects of trance possession, including: how to prepare for possessory trance how to enter and exit trance possession safely—and what to do if things get too heavy connecting with Saints and Spirits, including those found in Afro-Diasporic religions A practical book of particular interest to witches and pagans, each chapter includes two to five exercises that will assist you in your personal experiences with possession.

Demons on the Couch

Demons on the Couch Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Michael J. Sersch
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Demons on the Couch by Michael J. Sersch Summary

Belief in possession, including from demonic forces, has ancient roots and continues into the modern world, especially among certain communities. This has been shown in books, movies, places of worship, and in the therapy office. This book traces the global history of possession and looks at ways contemporary mental health professionals can help a person who believes themselves to be possessed. Written especially for clinicians, but interesting to a wide variety of readers, this book uses a variety of disciplines, including cultural studies, psychology, and personal experiences, to try and understand the phenomenon from as wide a perspective as possible, including interviews with exorcists from various backgrounds. Both believers and sceptics will find this to be a fascinating study of a controversial topic.


Possession Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Jessica Hawkins
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Possession by Jessica Hawkins Summary

“Pretty Woman meets Indecent Proposal. A seductive series that’ll leave your heart racing.”—Louise Bay, USA Today Bestselling Author Lola Winters doesn’t think she can escape her life as a waitress—until she receives a shocking proposition from a sexy stranger. Wealthy businessman Beau Olivier wants Lola for a night, and in order to get her, he’s willing to make her dreams come true. But Beau’s conditions are explicit. From sunset to sunrise, Lola must submit all of herself to him—body, mind, and soul. Because nothing is more important to Beau than maintaining control...especially over his possessions. Sometimes, though, things don’t go according to plan. What if one night isn't enough? What if come sunrise, Beau isn’t ready to say goodbye?

Begone Satan

Begone Satan Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Rev. Fr. Carl Vogl
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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.

Children of Wrath: Possession, Prophecy and the Young in Early Modern England

Children of Wrath: Possession, Prophecy and the Young in Early Modern England Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Anna French
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The spiritual status of the early modern child was often confused and uncertain, and yet in the wake of the English Reformation became an issue of urgent interest. This book explores questions surrounding early modern childhood, focusing especially on some of the extreme religious experiences in which children are documented: those of demonic possession and godly prophecy. Dr French argues that despite the fact that these occurrences were not typical childhood experiences, they provide us with a window through which to glimpse the world of early modern children. The work introduces its readers to the dualistic nature of early modern perceptions of their young - they were seen to be both close to devilish temptations and to God’s divine finger, as illustrated by published accounts of possession and prophecy. These cases reveal to us moments in which children could be granted authority or in which writers and publishers framed children in positions of spiritual agency. This can tell us much about how early modern society perceived, imagined and depicted their young, and helps us to revise the notion that early modern children’s lives, which were often fleeting, may have gone unregarded. Both contributing to, and informed by, some of the most recent historiographical directions taken by early modern history, this book engages with three key areas: the history of extreme spiritual experience such as demonic possession, the ’lived experience’ of early modern religion and the history of childhood. In this way, it offers the first scholarly exploration of the dialogue between these three areas of current and widespread historical interest which have, perhaps surprisingly, not yet been considered together.

The History of the Devils of Loudun - The Alleged Possession of the Ursuline Nuns, and the Trial and Execution of Urbain Grandier - Told by an Eye-Witness - Translated from the Original French - Volumes I., II., and III.

The History of the Devils of Loudun - The Alleged Possession of the Ursuline Nuns, and the Trial and Execution of Urbain Grandier - Told by an Eye-Witness - Translated from the Original French - Volumes I., II., and III. Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Edmund Goldsmid
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The History of the Devils of Loudun - The Alleged Possession of the Ursuline Nuns, and the Trial and Execution of Urbain Grandier - Told by an Eye-Witness - Translated from the Original French - Volumes I., II., and III. by Edmund Goldsmid Summary

This book contains all three volumes of Edmund Goldsmid's “The History of the Devils of Loudun”, which deals with the purported demonic possession, sexual repression, religious fanaticism, and mass hysteria that occurred in the small town of Loudun in 17th-century France. This volume concentrates on the Roman Catholic priest called Urbain Grandier and the members of a convent containing Ursuline nuns who claim to have been possessed by demons as a result of a deal made between Grandier and Satan, examining eye-witness accounts and other evidence related to the events. "The History of the Devils of Loudun” will appeal to those with an interest in occult subjects and notable historical cases related to purported occult subjects in particular. Many vintage books such as this are becoming increasingly scarce and expensive. It is with this in mind that we are republishing this volume now in an affordable, modern, high-quality edition complete with the original text and artwork.


TERMS OF POSSESSION Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Elizabeth Power,Michiko Soh
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TERMS OF POSSESSION by Elizabeth Power,Michiko Soh Summary

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.

The Possession

The Possession Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Michael Rutger
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"Fans of supernatural thrillers will be more than satisfied" with this novel that's in the James Rollins tradition of of a team investigating American myths and legends (Publishers Weekly). Still recovering from the shocking revelations they uncovered deep in uncharted territory in the Grand Canyon, American myth and legend investigator Nolan Moore and his team take on a new mission, investigating a rumored case of witchcraft and possession. Nolan hopes their new case, in a quaint village in the middle of the woods, will prove much more like those he and his team investigated prior to their trip to Kincaid's cavern. But as the residents' accounts of strange phenomena add up, Nolan and company begin to suspect something all too real and dangerous may be at play. A force that may not be willing to let them escape the village unscathed.


Possession Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Maura Seger
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TO HAVE AND TO HOLD Mac Donnelly was not the marrying kind…even though at the moment he was wearing a groom's tailored tux and awaiting the grand entrance of his betrothed. What had led him to this moment was revenge, pure…and not-so-simple. He'd planned on teaching seductive Sabrina Giacanna a lesson about betrayal, but instead he'd been blind-sided by his own insatiable desire to possess her. Theirs was supposed to be a loveless marriage, but as Mac gazed into his blushing bride's eyes, he knew she would accept nothing less than his whole heart…and his trust. The problem was, Mac wasn't sure he could be the husband this delicate beauty deserved. This daughter of his sworn enemy….

Soccer iQ Presents Possession

Soccer iQ Presents Possession Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Dan Blank
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Soccer iQ Presents Possession by Dan Blank Summary

POSSESSION is a book for coaches of all levels who want their teams to pass the ball and pass it well. It combines a thorough explanation of possession concepts with 30 practical possession exercises to help your team develop its ability to keep the ball. Easy-to-understand diagrams help you understand the layout and design of these exercises. More importantly, the exercises include explanations about the critical coaching points AND the most common mistakes the players will make when playing these exercises. These insightful tips give coaches a head start by showing you what to expect once an exercise begins, the mistakes to look for and the proper corrections to make.