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Type of Document Dissertation
Author Ha, Jaesung
Author's Email Address jaesung.ha@vanderbilt.edu
URN etd-03282006-100109
Title Liberation from the demon and the demonic:critical analysis of women's experience in spirit possession
Degree PhD
Department Religion
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Dr. Bonnie Miller-McLemore Committee Chair
Dr. Leonard Hummel Committee Member
Dr. Sohee Park Committee Member
Dr. Victor Anderson Committee Member
Dr. Volney Gay Committee Member
  • anthropology of religion
  • religious experience
  • psychology of religion
  • spirit possession
  • pastoral theology
Date of Defense 2005-09-23
Availability unrestricted
This project is about spirit possession and its meanings from many disciplines, including theology, psychology, anthropology, and religion. In this dissertation, I explore experiences of spirit possession by women in many different cultures and sociological backgrounds. I propose that spirit possession is not simply a psychological phenomenon that demonstrates abnormality of individual human psyche but it also reveals the reality of oppressive social and cultural structures that call for radical transformation, particularly for women. I recognize that spirit possession provides many women temporary respite from psychosocial pathologies and, at the same time, sabotages their real liberation from the institutional or ideological evil that confines them with limited gender roles. From a pastoral theological perspective, I suggest that genuine spirituality must both comfort the victims and confronts individuals or socio-institutional forces with efficient culture-specific strategies for change.
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