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Terry J Ellingson
RELIG 590
Seattle Campus

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Spirit Possession in Asia and Africa

Spring 2009

The class will examine readings in the theory and practice of spirit possession and consciousness-transformation together with audiovisual documentation of cases from Inner/North Asian Shamanism, Tibetan and Newar Tantric Buddhism, Tumbuka Nchimi healers, Asante Abosom priests and priestesses, Songhay Hauka colonial power spirit hosts, Ewe Brekete Tro spirit wives, and others. Students will write research papers related to possession and transformation in areas of their choice, from the perspective of their own disciplinary and research interests. Students taking this class typically come from majors in anthropology, religion, comparative history of ideas, area studies, ethnomusicology, and a wide range of fields in the humanities and social sciences.

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The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Terry J Ellingson
Date: 04/01/2009