"Quite an interesting book . . . " —Religious Studies Review
"It is by far superior to anything else on demons we have seen in the past few years." —The American Rationalist
" . . . Goodman is to be commended for a stimulating and wide-reaching treatment of a compelling and much-debated subject." —Journal of Folklore Research
Rich in detail derived from the author's fieldwork and the anthropological literature, this work paints a picture of possession as one of the usually positive and most widespread of human religious experiences. It also details the ritual of exorcism, which is applied when things go wrong.
Foreword by Linda Degh
Chapter 1 Possession's Many Faces
Chapter 2 Spiritualism
Chapter 3 Healing in Umbanda
Chapter 4 Pentecostalism: A New Force in Christendom
Chapter 5 The Dangerous Spirits of Japan
Chapter 6 The Multiple Personality Experience and Demonic Possession
Chapter 7 The Ghosts That Kill
Chapter 8 A Legion of Demons
Chapter 9 Two Recent Cases of Demonic Possession
Conclusion How About Demons—and Other Spirits?