chapter  3
The Way Forward
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This chapter analyses an exorcism narrative with a focus on the issue of resistance. It focuses predominantly on the Markan version of the exorcism. The chapter focuses on the socio-political implications of this exorcism in its first-century Palestine context. One cannot underestimate the influence of Roman occupation on Palestine, especially the Decapolis area, which functions as the context of the story. Jesus uses the medium of emancipatory mythography in facilitating the exorcism. The Legion, is responsible for the demoniac's repressed consciousness, the familiar religious imagery of another army is evoked to signify the exorcism. There is empathy on the part of Jesus when it uses the same medium which the man was using for articulating his resistance the medium of possession and exorcism. This paradigm has implications for Dalit theology as it challenges Dalit theology to rethink the liberative nature of Dalit agency and re-signify resistance in a manner in which the practical takes precedence over the symbolic.