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Trance and Modernity in the Southern CaribbeanAfrican and Hindu Popular Religions in Trinidad and Tobago$
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Keith E. McNeal

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780813037363

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813037363.001.0001

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Prologue: Ecstasy

Prologue: Ecstasy

(p.1) Prologue: Ecstasy
Trance and Modernity in the Southern Caribbean

Keith E. McNeal

University Press of Florida

The prologue launches the book with two anecdotes experienced by the author engaging with African and Hindu spirit mediums, which introduce the reader to the practice of trance performance as well as the local traditions of spirit mediumship in Trinidad focused upon here: Orisha Worship and Shakti Puja. The notion of ecstasy used throughout is also introduced.

Keywords:   ecstasy, Orisha Worship, Shakti Puja, trance, mediumship

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