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Spirit and Spiritual Gifts
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[German Version]

I. Religious Studies

Wherever notions of “supernatural” anthropomorphic powers arise, so does the notion of spirit possession. A spirit can enter into a person’s body and sometimes supplant the spirit or soul (considered the same in many cultures) of the host’s body; often the spirit settles in the host’s head or on his or her shoulders. It is then described as being “in the saddle” and “riding” its human mea…

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Lewis, Ioan M., Oeming, Manfred, Dunn, James D.G. and Wainwright, Geoffrey, “Spirit and Spiritual Gifts”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 20 July 2024 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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