The Exorcism of Anneliese Michel

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Wipf and Stock Publishers, Nov 1, 2005 - Religion - 280 pages
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In 1976 a young German girl named Anneliese Michel underwent a series of exorcisms. The rites were administered by two priests of the Catholic Church to free Anneliese of the six demons they believed possessed her. Seemingly as a result of the exorcisms the girl died. Worldwide publicity followed when the girl's parents and the two exorcists were brought to trial and convicted of negligent homicide.
Here a noted anthropologist offers her own interpretation of the exorcisms of Anneliese Michel. Drawing on interviews with the two exorcists, the girl's parents and friends, transcripts of the trial, and tape recordings made during the exorcisms - as well as studies of religious experience in various cultures - Felicitas Goodman has written a fascinating, compelling book, one that finally tells what happened in this strange case as it delves into the age-old mystery of demonic possession.
 

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A case of a real-life exorcism (not that I'm making claims here about whether or not she was possessed, or whether or not you CAN be possessed). But someone thought she was, and this is an account of ... Read full review

Contents

CHAPTER ONE The Childhood Years
1
CHAPTER TWO Enter the Ghastly Faces
13
CHAPTER THREE Physicians and Priests
25
CHAPTER FOUR The Dam Breaks
49
CHAPTER FIVE Jousting with the Demons
91
CHAPTER SIX The Exorcism Fails
133
CHAPTER SEVEN The Final Months
157
CHAPTER EIGHT The Trial
177
CHAPTER NINE The Religious Altered
201
CHAPTER TEN Why Did Anneliese Die?
227
EPILOGUE Exit the Demons
249
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Felicitas D. Goodman (1914-2005) was Associate Professor Emeritus of Anthropology at Denison University in Granville, Ohio. A Religious Anthropologist, she wrote numerous books including Speaking in Tongues; How About Demons?; Where the Spirits Ride the Wind; and Ecstasy, Ritual, and Alternate Reality. In 1978 she founded the Cuyamungue Institute, based in Sante Fe, New Mexico. The institute is a nonprofit anthropoligical research and teaching institution specializing in ecstatic trance and the use of ritual body postures. To learn more about Dr. Goodman and her work visit www.ritualbodypostures.com .

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