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Author(s): Lewis, Ioan M.
[German Version] Individual ecstatics and wider currents of religious ecstasy have left their mark at various times in all the “world” religions, and are also widely reported in anthropological and missionary studies of Third World “local” religions. This is not surprising since such ecstatic encounters are generally interpreted as the most impressive (if less …

Spirit and Spiritual Gifts

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Author(s): Lewis, Ioan M. | Oeming, Manfred | Dunn, James D.G. | Wainwright, Geoffrey
[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 means of transportation. If a relationship develops between the spirit and the …