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Kristin Norget, Valentina Napolitano, and Maya Mayblin

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780520288423

Published to California Scholarship Online: September 2017

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520288423.001.0001

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Possession and Psychopathology, Faith and Reason

Possession and Psychopathology, Faith and Reason

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(p.293) 22 Possession and Psychopathology, Faith and Reason
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Anthropology of Catholicism
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Thomas J. Csordas

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University of California Press
DOI:10.1525/california/9780520288423.003.0023

The early 21st century has seen a resurgence in the performance of exorcism in the Catholic Church.  Exorcism is a solemn rite that must be performed by a priest with the express consent of the bishop with jurisdiction in the area where the exorcism takes place.  Both a form of healing for afflicted individuals and a discourse on evil at large in the contemporary world, exorcism lies at the intersection of therapy and cosmology in the world's largest religious institution.  Its social and cultural significance is therefore worthy of analysis. This chapter takes a step in that direction through consideration of ethnographic material from exorcists, mental health professionals who assist and consult with them, and the afflicted people who seek their help.

Keywords:   Psychopathology, Exorcism, Vatican, Medical anthropology, Mental Health Professional, Psychiatrist, Clergy-ritual, Faith, Reason

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