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Possession

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Author(s): Paul Christopher Johnson
Abstract: Few issues were more central to the history of anthropology, or the study of religion more broadly, than the ungainly catch-all “spirit possession,” a phrase that long ago became second nat…

Diaspora

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Author(s): Paul Christopher Johnson
Abstract: “Diaspora” has gained force as a key word for the study of religion, along with the phrase, “diasporic religion.” This essay interprets the reasons for the expansion, gives definitional par…