ABSTRACT

Sofar,I'vearguedthatspiritpossessionisanincontestablyembodied phenomenonthattriggersamyriadofculturalmemories.Suchaproposition,however,recountsonlypartofthetale.Howcanweexplainthe powerofspiritpossessiontoevokethepast,manipulatethepresent,and provokethefuture?Howcanweexplainthepowerofspiritpossessionto shapebothlocalandstatepolitics?Mytentativeanswer,whichIbeginto articulateinthischapter,isthatspiritpossessionisasiteofmimetic productionandreproduction,whichmakesitastagefortheproduction andreproductionofpower.