dc.contributor.authorBenjamin, Geoffrey
dc.identifier.citationBenjamin, G. (2007). The phenomenology of mediumship. Shamans and Spirit mediums: a Conference at the Asian Civilisations Museum.en_US
dc.description.abstractPractising as a medium requires a two-fold authentication: between mediums and their client, and between mediums and their own experience. The latter requirement leads mediums to perform actions that generate in themselves the directly felt sensation of simultaneously acting and being acted upon. ‘Trance’ – which seems not to be a unitary altered state of consciousness – labels the kind of performance that mediums must actively perform in order to convince themselves that some other agency is acting on (or through) them. In a mediumistic performance, only partial dissociation is of any use ritually. Complete dissociation or spontaneous dissociation – in which the medium no longer performs appropriately – are of no ritual use, and measures are usually taken to ensure that it does not occur.en_US
dc.format.extent5 p.en_US
dc.rights© 2007 Geoffrey Benjamin.en_US
dc.subjectDRNTU::Social sciences
dc.titleThe phenomenology of mediumshipen_US
dc.typeConference Paper
dc.contributor.conferenceShamans and Spirit mediums: A Conference at the Asian Civilisations Museum (2007:Singapore)en_US
dc.contributor.schoolSchool of Humanities and Social Sciencesen_US
dc.description.versionAccepted versionen_US

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