A Bibliography on Possession in the Hindu tradition
Contributed by Matthew R. Sayers, Lebanon Valley College
Aukland, Knut "The Cult of Nakoda Bhairava: Deity Worship and
Bellamy, Carla. The Powerful Ephemeral. University of California Press.
Bharati edited volume, The Realm of the Extra Human. c.1975.
Bruckner, Heidrun et al, eds. South Asian Folk Culture. New Delhi:
Carrin, Marine (ed.) (1999). Managing Distress. Posession and Theraputic Cults in South Asia, Manohar, Delhi.
Castillo, Richard J. (1994) Spirit possession in South Asia:
Dwyer, Graham. The Divine and the Demonic: Supernatural affliction and
Erndl, Kathleen M, Hiltebeitel, Alf. Is the Goddess a Feminist?: The Politics of South Asian Goddess. (2000). New York: New York University Press.
Ferrari, Fabrizio (ed.), Health and Religious Rituals in South Asia:
Freeman, J. Richardson. "Performing Possession: Ritual and
Freeman, J. Richardson. "Formalized Possession Among the Tantris
Frembgen, Jurgen W. (2004). "The Scorpion in Muslim
Folklore." Asian Folklore Studies, 63, 95-123.
Gell, Alfred (1980). "The Gods at Play: Vertigo and Possession in
Muria Religion. New Series 15 (2), 219-248
Gellner, David N. (1994) "Priests, Healers, Mediums and Witches:
The Context of Possession in the Kathmandu Valley. Nepala." 29(1)
Gold, Ann. Fruitful Journeys (accounts of possession in the pilgrimage
Hobart, Angela and Kapferer, Bruce (eds) Aesthetics in Performance:
Formations of Symbolic Construction and Experience (Berghahn Books, 2005)
(With special note on the essay it contains by Steven M. Friedson on
trance in West Africa. I mention this because Friedson is excellent on the
phenomenon of trance.)
Kakar, Sudhir. Mystics, Shamans and Doctors. Knopf. 1982. (especially
Kapadia, Karin. "Pierced by Love: Tamil Posession, Gender and
Caste (In Julia Leslie and Mary McGee's edited volume Invented Identities:
The Interplay of Gender, Religion and Politics in India.
Kapferer, Bruce. A Celebration of Demons : Exorcism and the Aesthetics
Bruce Kapferer, Kari Telle, Annelin Eriksen, eds. Contemporary
Kapferer, Bruce. (ed.) Beyond Rationalism: Rethinking Magic, Witchcraft
and Sorcery (Berghahn, 2002) where I have a paper on a Sinhala Buddhist
Leslie, Julia. Roles and Rituals for Hindu Women. (1991) Rutherford:
Fairleigh Dickenson University Press.
I.M. Lewis, Ecstatic Religion: An Anthropological Study of Spirit
Mastromattei, Romano (ed.) (1995). Tremore e potere. La condizione estatica nello sciamanism himalayano, France Angeli, Milano.
McDaniel, June. The Madness of the Saints: Ecstatic Religion in Bengal.
McDermott, Rachel Fell and Jeffrey Kripal, Encountering Kali: In the
Nabokov, Isabelle (2000) Religion Against the Self. An Ethnography of
Tamil Rituals, Oxford University Press, Oxford & New York.
Nandi, D.N., G. Banerjee, S. Bera, S. Nandi & P. Nandi (1985)
"Contagious Hysteria in a West Bengal Village" American Journal
of Psychotherapy, 39(2), 247-252.
Nebesky-Vojkowitz, Rene von (1993). Oracles and Demons of Tibet, Tiwaria's Pilgrim Book House, Kathmandu.
Obeyesekere, Gananath. Medusa's Hair: An Essay on Personal Symbols and
Pintchman, Tracy. Women's Lives, Women's Rituals in the Hindu Tradition. Oxford: New York: Oxford University Press.
Raj, Selva J. and Corinne Dempsey, ed. Popular Christianity in India:
Ram, Kalpana. Mukkuvar Women: Gender, Hegemony and Capitalist
Rizzuto, Ana-Maria. The Birth of the Living God: A Psychoanalytical
Study. (Chicago 1979).
Rohan Bastin. The domain of constant excess: plural worship at the
Sax , William. God of Justice: Ritual Healing and Social Justice in the
Shulman, David and Deborah Thiagarajan, ed. Masked Ritual and
Simpson, Bob (1997). "Possession, Dispossession and the Social Distribution of Knowledge Among Sri Lankan Ritual Specialists, Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute, 3(1), 43-59.
Smith, Fred. The Self Possessed: Deity and Spirit Possession in South
Tarabout, Gilles. La Possession en Asie du Sud (Possession in South
Vitebsky, Piers (1993). Dialogues with the Dead. The Discussion of
Mortality Among the Sora of Eastern India, Cambridge University Press,
Wadley, Susan S. (1973) "The Spirit Rides or the Spirit Comes:
Posession in a North Indian Village in Agehananda Bharati (ed.), The Realm
of the Extra-Human: Agents and Audiances, Mouton, The Hague, pp. 233-52
Younger, Paul (2002). Playing Host to Deity. Festival Religion in the South Indian Tradition, Oxford University Press, Oxford.
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