ABSTRACT

Theoverwhelmingtendencytoconsiderspiritpossessionceremonies exclusivelyasdiscoursehastwomajortheoreticalconsequences.Thefirst isthatmanysuchstudiesofspiritpossessionfailtoconsidertheirrelation tohistory.Thesecondisthatdiscursiveanalysis(possessionastext)as opposedtosensoryanalysis(possessionasbodilypractice)unwittingly underscoresthemind/bodysplitintheacademy.