Chapter 15 in A. D. White's Warfare of
Science with Theology (1896) compares the religious concept &
treatment of "lunacy" with the development of modern approaches to
Well-researched (but grammatically flawed)
interpretations of possessive behavior, modern diagnoses (dissociative
and the practice of
exorcism in various religious traditions.
Official explanation of traditional Eastern
Christian rituals to ward off evil spirits & the evil eye (posted by
Orthodox Archdiocese of America).
Award winning essay by Peace Corps volunteer
Guy W. Volk provides eye-witness description of native ritual to free a woman
tormented by spirits of the dead.
Website of anthropologist Michael
Harner's institute to preserve & research shamanism posts
on spirits & healing.
Psychotherapist Stephen Diamond analyzes
the persistent fascination with demon possession and concludes that true
healing requires the spiritual dimension of existence (archived by
Estonian researcher Aado Lintrop's studies in
Siberian shamanism & the religions of the Finno-Ugrian peoples builds a
cyber-bridge between the visible & invisible worlds of Nganasan rites
& initiatory visions.
Rabbi Jeffrey Dennis surveys the history &
practice of exorcism in Judaism from David to modern times.
Consultants on Religious Tolerance
present a thorough review & extensive bibliography for the phenomena
identified either as a psychological disorder or demon possession, reasons for
skepticism & methods of treatment (therapy & exorcism).
Hyperlinked index to classic
anthropological studies of the theories & practices of ancient indigenous
cultures (Internet Sacred Text
Dean Edwards' plain vanilla FAQ sheet provides
definitions & detailed bibliographical leads for researchers.
Select passages from classic Jewish, pagan,
and Christian sources in
English translation & original languages (Into His Own:
Perspective on the World of Jesus).
Description of spirit possession and its
treatment in African & eastern Mediterranean cultures (Intro
to Medical Anthropology, Michigan State U.).