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Spirit Possession and Popular Religion
Author: Clarke Garrett

ISBN: 9780801859236
Format: Paperback
Number Of Pages: 304
Published: 17 March 1998
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2 x 1.7
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"The description is outstanding. Nowhere else can one find such a succinct and eminently readable account that places Shakerism in its broadest context. Garrett makes character and personality come alive throughout the book, from the Prophets' strange gyrations to Mother Ann Lee's drinking problem." -- Journal of American History

"The most successful study yet written of transatlantic spiritual enthusiasm in the century of the Enlightenment." -- Jon Butler, Yale University

Pietists, Methodists, and sectarian groups such as the Shakers all shared the conviction that God touched the individual directly and visibly; manifestations of spirit possession, accompanied by prophecy, visions, and ecstatic seizures, became outward signs of an inner expedience, a kind of sacred theater as believers acted out their possession before others. Clarke Garrett follows this "sacred theater"back to the Camisards of southeastern France, an ecstatic Protestant group whose doomed rebellion against Louis XIV led to their dispersal among Huguenot exiles. Then, Garrett writes, "in a form that the Huguenots themselves would...

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