Trance and Possession in Bali: A Window on Western Multiple Personality, Possession Disorder, and Suicide

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Oxford University Press, 1993 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 264 pages
This book deals with Balinese psycho-social experiences in trance-possession states during traditional healing, religious ceremonials, dance, drama and gamelan performances, as well as in several mental disorders. It concludes that trance-possession in Bali is the same, phenomenologically, as multiple personality disorder (MPD) in the West. It also presents criteria for the diagnosis of possession in any culture, a new theory of possession, and multifold comparisons of trance-possession in Bali with MPD in the West.

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