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Many cultures and religions use trance as a technique to be transported beyond the physical and social conditions and activities of everyday life. In the modern era, trance is experienced in “liminoid” situations (Turner) such as events of popular music culture (Fermor) and sports, avant-garde dance (John Neumeier), and artistic productivity. Mainstream churches, especially in Europe, have largely ruled out trance as a means of encountering the holy (but see Josuttis and Cornelius…

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Gutmann, Hans-Martin, “Trance”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 19 May 2022 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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