(noun) A situation in which a supernatural being inhabits or takes control of an individual.
Example: “Taraka’s Ghost” by Ruth and Stanley Freed, in which a young woman named Sita is processed by the ghost of Taraka, a childhood friend who committed suicide in Northern India.
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- Plural: spirit possessions
- belief system
- personified supernatural force
How to Cite the Definition of Spirit Possession
ASA – American Sociological Association (5th edition)
Bell, Kenton, ed. 2014. “spirit possession.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Retrieved January 20, 2019 (http://sociologydictionary.org/spirit-possession/).
APA – American Psychological Association (6th edition)
spirit possession. (2014). In K. Bell (Ed.), Open education sociology dictionary. Retrieved from http://sociologydictionary.org/spirit-possession/
Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date – Chicago Manual of Style (16th edition)
Bell, Kenton, ed. 2014. “spirit possession.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Accessed January 20, 2019. http://sociologydictionary.org/spirit-possession/.
MLA – Modern Language Association (7th edition)
“spirit possession.” Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Ed. Kenton Bell. 2014. Web. 20 Jan. 2019. <http://sociologydictionary.org/spirit-possession/>.