A cross-cultural study of beliefs in out-of-the-body experiences, waking and sleeping

Journal of the Society for Psychical Research Vol/Iss. 49 Published In Pages: 697-741
By Sheils, Dean


This article provides a descriptive account of the prevalence and variation in out-of-body experiences (OOBEs) worldwide. The author suggests that contemporary social science explanations for OOBEs (i.e. social control, crisis, and dream theories) are inadequate. Certain beliefs regarding OOBEs, such as whether they occur and the conditions for their occurrence, were shown to be relatively similar cross-culturally.

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