Societal correlates of possession trance in sub-saharan africa

Religion, Altered States of Consciousness, and Social Change Ohio State University Press Columbus, OH Published In Pages: 39-57
By Greenbaum, Lenora


This study examines correlates of possession trance among cultures in sub-Saharan Africa. Several variables were tested (including community organization, marriage form, family form, and settlement pattern) but only a few were related to possession trance. Results indicate that the presence of slavery, stratification, and role and structure differentiation are significantly associated with possession trance.

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