„Divine and demonic possession”? Farewell to a failed concept

Szulovszky, János (2017) „Divine and demonic possession”? Farewell to a failed concept. In: Shamanhood and Mythology. Archaic Techniques of Ecstasy and Current Techniques of Research. In Honour of Mihály Hoppál, celebrating his 75th Birthday. Hungarian Society for Religious Studies, pp. 429-449. ISBN 978-963-87696-8-8

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The applicability of the widespread general category of “divine and demonic possession” in the phenomenology of religion is not verified by the thoroughgoing analysis implemented of a limited set of religious phenomena: the religious experiences in the Christian culture. The peculiarities of the two effects of different origin, their consequences for the human being are fundamentally opposite to each other. When, in the field of science the scholars tried to look on a lesser, limited subset, to verify a statement formulated for the whole set and it hasn’t been confirmed, then they are ready to draw the proper consequences. I think that the folklorists, ethnologists of religion and the specialists of the comparative science of religion should be confronted by the fact, that they applied without much reservation the concept of “divine and demonic possession”. By this time, it turned out about this notion, that it couldn’t be used as an universal category of the phenomenology of religion

Item Type: Book Section
Subjects: A General Works / általános művek > AZ History of Scholarship The Humanities / tudománytörténet, bölcsészet
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion / filozófia, pszichológia, vallás > BL Religion / vallás
C Auxiliary Sciences of History / történeti segédtudományok > CB History of civilization / művelődéstörténet
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation / földrajz, antropológia, kikapcsolódás > GR Folklore / etnológia, folklór, kulturális antropológia
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation / földrajz, antropológia, kikapcsolódás > GT Manners and customs / néprajz, szokások, hagyományok
Depositing User: Dr. János Szulovszky
Date Deposited: 03 Jan 2018 09:10
Last Modified: 03 Jan 2018 09:10

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