Toward a Reassessment of the Possessed and the Dispossesed
This chapter reevaluates a number of assumptions that have been critical throughout this work. It has sought to explore the manner in which symbolic power may extend beyond the temporary realm of ritual. Thus, how might religious experience be politically charged and have long-term effects on everyday life? If one assumes the perspective of Ambanja's inhabitants, tromba possession is not a peripheral experience, but a significant force within indigenous culture. The significance of tromba can only fully be understood if it is explored in relation to indigenous notions of identity, which operate on personal, social, and cultural levels.
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