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"The authors are initiated and experienced in Shamanic and Vodou traditions and here provide keys to understanding possession and spirit agendas."
"This book is a must for anyone considering experimenting with possession or who may have been possessed. As the authors state, you are not crazy if you are possessed. . . . an excellent overview on spirit possession. For the serious student, there are numerous references for future reading, but the most important message of this book is the seriousness of possession."
". . . this rich, deep and extensive book is the work of two experienced, thoughtful and intelligent travelers who grace us with their map of the land of spirit possession with intelligence, wit and humility. They ask that we always treat the spirits with respect, learn their ways, original culture, expectations and taboos, and take responsibility for our part in the relationship - not bad advice for any relationship."
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Prologue: Wild Horses
1 Metaphysics and History: A Long View of Spirit-Possession
2 The Geography of Spirit-Possession
4 Different Riders: Comparing and Contrasting
5 Gathering Culture: When Worlds Collide
6 On the Nature of Spirits
7 Spirit and Flesh: How Possession Works
8 Hearing Gods: A Guide for the Head Blind
9 Sacred Spaces: Permanent and Ephemeral
10 The Horse: Safety, Sanity, and Consent
11 The Ride: Preparation, Aftercare, and Harmful Possessions
12 Keeping the Community Safe
13 Recognizing Fakes and Frauds
14 Touching Gods: The Future of Possession in the Neo-Pagan Community
Appendix: Asphodel’s Ritual Structure for Public