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Individuals are regarded as mediums if they have extrasensory perceptions and as mediators can make contact with superhuman beings (spirit, ancestor, saint, god). Usually such a being is said to penetrate (intrusion) and take possession of the body of the medium. The spiritual being temporarily takes the place of the soul or the personality of the medium (depersonalization) and exerts a numinous power within the medium. The medium is in an altered state of consciousness, which can range from a light …

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Neu, Rainer, “Medium”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 22 July 2024 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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