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Adorcism

Adorcism

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Spirit possession, typically, makes its initial appearance as a traumatic experience, even a crippling ‘illness’, or other personal disaster which serves as the first step in the initiation into a spirit cult. Boddy (1994) defines spirit possession as the hold exerted over a human being by spirits or entities that are (perceived to be) more powerful. These spirits may be ancestors, divinities, ghosts, or entities that are both ontologically and ethnically alien. Depending on cultural and etiological context, such spirits may be exorcised or adorcised, if considered useful. This article explores adorcism, how it works, how it differs from exorcism, and examples for when it is appropriate to perform. 

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