Possessed

The True Story of an Exorcism

Author: Thomas B. Allen

Publisher: BookCountry

ISBN: 1463003676

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

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"The Exorcist", a 1973 movie about a twelve-year-old girl possessed by the Devil, frightened people more than any horror film ever did. Many moviegoers sought therapy to rid themselves of fears they could not explain. Psychiatrists coined the term "cinematic neurosis" for patients who left the movie feeling a terrifying presence of demons. At the Washington premiere, a young woman stood outside the theater, trembling. "I come out here in the sunlight," she said, "and I see people's eyes, and they frighten me." Among the few moviegoers unmoved by the horror were two priests, Father William S. Bowdern and Father Walter Halloran, members of the Jesuit community at St. Louis University. "Billy came out shaking his head about the little girl bouncing on the bed and urinating on the crucifix," Halloran remembers. "He was kind of angry. 'There is a good message that can be given by this thing,' he said. The message was the fact that evil spirits operate in our world." Bowdern and Halloran knew that the movie was fictional veneer masking a terrible reality. Night after night in March and April 1949, Bowdern had been an exorcist, with Halloran assisting. Bowdern fervently believed that he had driven a demon from a tormented soul. The victim had been a thirteen-year-old boy strangely lured to St. Louis from a Maryland suburb of Washington. Bowdern's exorcism had been the inspiration for the movie. The true story of this possession, told in Possessed, is based on a diary kept by a Jesuit priest assisting Father Bowdern. The diary, the most complete account of an exorcism since the Middle Ages, is published for the first time in this revised edition of Possessed.
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Possessed

Author: Kate Cann

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781407135465

Category: Paranormal fiction

Page: 304

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Rayne couldn't wait to get away from everything: her mum, her boyfriend, the estate. But the solitude of Morton's Keep isn't all she thought it would be. It's eerie and more than a little creepy. When she meets St John, Rayne forgets her worries; he's like no one she's ever met. So why is everyone warning her away from him? She knows there's something people aren't telling her. But how can she find out the secrets everyone wants to keep hidden ... and more importantly, know who to trust?
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The Possessed

Adventures with Russian Books and the People Who Read Them

Author: Elif Batuman

Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux

ISBN: 9781429936415

Category: Literary Collections

Page: 304

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One of The Economist's 2011 Books of the Year THE TRUE BUT UNLIKELY STORIES OF LIVES DEVOTED—ABSURDLY! MELANCHOLICALLY! BEAUTIFULLY!—TO THE RUSSIAN CLASSICS No one who read Elif Batuman's first article (in the journal n+1) will ever forget it. "Babel in California" told the true story of various human destinies intersecting at Stanford University during a conference about the enigmatic writer Isaac Babel. Over the course of several pages, Batuman managed to misplace Babel's last living relatives at the San Francisco airport, uncover Babel's secret influence on the making of King Kong, and introduce her readers to a new voice that was unpredictable, comic, humane, ironic, charming, poignant, and completely, unpretentiously full of love for literature. Batuman's subsequent pieces—for The New Yorker, Harper's Magazine, and the London Review of Books— have made her one of the most sought-after and admired writers of her generation, and its best traveling companion. In The Possessed we watch her investigate a possible murder at Tolstoy's ancestral estate. We go with her to Stanford, Switzerland, and St. Petersburg; retrace Pushkin's wanderings in the Caucasus; learn why Old Uzbek has one hundred different words for crying; and see an eighteenth-century ice palace reconstructed on the Neva. Love and the novel, the individual in history, the existential plight of the graduate student: all find their place in The Possessed. Literally and metaphorically following the footsteps of her favorite authors, Batuman searches for the answers to the big questions in the details of lived experience, combining fresh readings of the great Russians, from Pushkin to Platonov, with the sad and funny stories of the lives they continue to influence—including her own.
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Possessed

The Infamous Texas Stiletto Murder

Author: Kathryn Casey

Publisher: HarperCollins

ISBN: 0062300520

Category: True Crime

Page: 368

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A WALKING NIGHTMARE—IN SIZE-NINE STILETTOS . . . The officer responding to a 911 call at one of Houston’s hippest high-rises expected the worst. After all, domestic violence situations can be unpredictable. But nothing could’ve prepared him for what he found: a beautiful woman drenched in blood . . . an older man lying dead on the floor . . . and a cobalt blue suede stiletto with tufts of white hair stuck to its five-and-a-half-inch heel. With her stunning looks, magnetic personality, and erratic behavior, Ana Trujillo had a notorious reputation on the downtown Houston scene. She spoke often of occult powers, though few knew how deeply she believed such boasts. Stefan Andersson was a gentle soul, a Swedish transplant with a good career and trusted friends, who was desperate to find someone special. Theirs is a story of obsession, madness, and tragedy. Because once Stefan fell head over heels for Ana, he was under her control—and he didn’t have a chance in hell.
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Possessed

The Life of Joan Crawford

Author: Donald Spoto

Publisher: Harper Collins

ISBN: 0061856010

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 368

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The definitive biography of a remarkable woman and true legend of film Joan Crawford was one of the most incandescent film stars of all time, yet she may have also been one of the most misunderstood. In this brilliantly researched, thoughtful, and intimate biography, bestselling author Donald Spoto goes beyond the popular caricature—the abusive, unstable mother portrayed in her adopted daughter Christina Crawford’s memoir, Mommie Dearest—to give us a three-dimensional portrait of the real woman behind the actress, her dazzling career, and her extraordinary life and times. Based on new archival information and exclusive interviews, Possessed traces Crawford’s fifty years of memorable performances in such film classics as Rain, The Women, Mildred Pierce, and Sudden Fear, which are as startling and vivid today as when they were first released. Spoto goes behind the myths to examine the rise and fall of the studio system; Crawford’s four marriages; her passionate, thirty-year on-and-off affair with Clark Gable; her friendships and rivalries with other stars; the truth behind the scathing stories in her daughter’s memoir; and more.
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Agnes, Or, The Possessed

A Revelation of Mesmerism

Author: Timothy Shay Arthur

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Mesmerism

Page: 116

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The Possessed and the Dispossessed

Spirits, Identity, and Power in a Madagascar Migrant Town

Author: Lesley A. Sharp

Publisher: Univ of California Press

ISBN: 9780520918450

Category: Social Science

Page: 366

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This finely drawn portrait of a complex, polycultural urban community in Madagascar emphasizes the role of spirit medium healers, a group heretofore seen as having little power. These women, Leslie Sharp argues, are far from powerless among the peasants and migrant laborers who work the land in this plantation economy. In fact, Sharp's wide-ranging analysis shows that tromba, or spirit possession, is central to understanding the complex identities of insiders and outsiders in this community, which draws people from all over the island and abroad. Sharp's study also reveals the contradictions between indigenous healing and Western-derived Protestant healing and psychiatry. Particular attention to the significance of migrant women's and children's experiences in a context of seeking relief from personal and social ills gives Sharp's investigation importance for gender studies as well as for studies in medical anthropology, Africa and Madagascar, the politics of culture, and religion and ritual.
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Possessed

Author: Stephanie Doyle

Publisher: Silhouette

ISBN: 1426854471

Category: Fiction

Page: 304

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Cassandra Allen's gift is so uncanny that even the skeptical police now consult her on murder investigations. But when she's called in to investigate a rash of serial murders, her mind is assaulted by a terrifying being from beyond…. Cass believes the evil force attempting to possess her is involved in the killings. But how? Then she meets Malcolm McDonough, brother of the first victim. He's successful, attractive, unsettling…and he doesn't believe that Cass hears the dead. Yet even as Malcolm denies her claims, he is counting on Cass to lead them to the killer. Because all the victims have one thing in common—her.
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Possessed

A Novel Inspired by True Events

Author: Philip J. Crowley,Kenneth C. Wylie

Publisher: Sunstone Press

ISBN: 1611392179

Category: Fiction

Page: 280

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What had she done? Alone, scared, sitting in the holding cell of the Kalkaska County Sheriff’s Department, Iris Harris never imagined she would be trapped in a battering relationship. Her life was not without struggles but by her forties she was content and fulfilled, teaching inner city children in the City of Detroit. A chance encounter, in a small mid-Michigan town, with an older outwardly pleasant and charming real estate agent, plunged her into a nightmare of emotional, physical and sexual abuse. She became his possession. It was the seventies. The legal system was impotent to render assistance. Society was incapable of understanding the dynamics of domestic violence and unwilling to intervene. To her friends and neighbors she was the one at fault. Iris was ensnared in a vicious cycle of abuse. Her only wish—to be free. Her only hope—to be found not guilty.
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Demon Possessed

Author: Stacia Kane

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 9781439167649

Category: Fiction

Page: 336

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A Simon & Schuster eBook. Simon & Schuster has a great book for every reader.
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The Possessed

Author: Dostoyevsky, Fedor

Publisher: Aegitas

ISBN: 1773137883

Category: Literary Collections

Page: 702

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The Possessed is a novel by Fyodor Dostoyevsky, first published in the journal The Russian Messenger in 1871–2. It is considered one of the four masterworks written by Dostoyevsky after his return from Siberian exile, along with Crime and Punishment (1866), The Idiot (1869) and The Brothers Karamazov (1880). Demons is a social and political satire, a psychological drama, and large scale tragedy.
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Island Possessed

Author: Katherine Dunham

Publisher: Doubleday

ISBN: 0307819841

Category: History

Page: 288

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Just as surely as Haiti is "possessed" by the gods and spirits of vaudun (voodoo), the island "possessed" Katherine Dunham when she first went there in 1936 to study dance and ritual. In this book, Dunham reveals how her anthropological research, her work in dance, and her fascination for the people and cults of Haiti worked their spell, catapulting her into experiences that she was often lucky to survive. Here Dunham tells how the island came to be possessed by the demons of voodoo and other cults imported from various parts of Africa, as well as by the deep class divisions, particularly between blacks and mulattos, and the political hatred still very much in evidence today. Full of the flare and suspense of immersion in a strange and enchanting culture, Island Possessed is also a pioneering work in the anthropology of dance and a fascinating document on Haitian politics and voodoo.
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Possessed

Author: P.C. Cast

Publisher: HQN Books

ISBN: 148805083X

Category: Fiction

Page: 384

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Possessed by P.C. Cast A classic story from New York Times bestselling author P.C. Cast! Being a psychic detective who can channel only negative emotions makes Kent Raef good at catching murderers, but bad at maintaining relationships. Then Lauren Wilcox arrives with a most intriguing case: her twin sister has been murdered and is communing with Lauren’s spirit—and sharing her body. Raef’s the only one who can track the killer and free the spirit. But soon he begins to wonder just which twin he wants to save…and why. Originally published in 2012
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Possessed by the Spirits

Mediumship in Contemporary Vietnamese Communities

Author: Karen Fjelstad,Thị Hiền Nguyễn

Publisher: SEAP Publications

ISBN: 9780877271413

Category: Religion

Page: 186

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The essays in this volume examine the resurgence of the Mother Goddess religion among contemporary Vietnamese following the economic "Renovation" period in Vietnam. Anthropologists explore the forces that compel individuals to become mediums and the social repercussions of their decisions and interactions.
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Possessed

Author: Cleveland Moffett

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category:

Page: 254

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Possessed

Author: Larry Richards

Publisher: Tate Publishing

ISBN: 1616630248

Category: Fiction

Page: 292

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Each month he watched in growing terror as the moon waxed, night by night expanding from a slim crescent in the sky to become the full circle whose features terrified him. As the moon grew rounder and rounder, he felt himself losing control; watched his actions become more and more erratic and bizarre... He never remembered doing what they described. Maggie, like any mother, would do anything for her little boy. But Colin's struggles ran far deeper than what a working single mother could manage. Instead, she spent her days giving him the most normal life she could, and she spent her nights terrified. When years of medication only make things worse, Maggie takes Colin off of his medication and plans to do something that the state will not tolerate—have her church perform an exorcism. Her only hope of saving her child lies in the hands of an able but completely narcissistic lawyer named Black. The state wants to override her parental rights, Black wants fame regardless of the outcome, and Maggie just wants to save her son. Even worse, strange events reveal a sinister darkness taking an intense interest in the case, confusing and influencing everyone involved. Can anything be done before Colin is lost? Join author Larry Richards in Possessed, the fast-paced courtroom drama that bridges the realms of the natural and the supernatural. Follow along as diverse viewpoints are presented, debated, and ultimately changed. What is the truth of paranormal activity? Do demons exist, and if so, how can they affect us? This gripping thriller will have you begging for the final verdict.
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Possessed

Hypnotic Crimes, Corporate Fiction, and the Invention of Cinema

Author: Stefan Andriopoulos

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

ISBN: 0226020576

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 208

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Silent cinema and contemporaneous literature explored themes of mesmerism, possession, and the ominous agency of corporate bodies that subsumed individual identities. At the same time, critics accused film itself of exerting a hypnotic influence over spellbound audiences. Stefan Andriopoulos shows that all this anxiety over being governed by an outside force was no marginal oddity, but rather a pervasive concern in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Tracing this preoccupation through the period’s films—as well as its legal, medical, and literary texts—Andriopoulos pays particular attention to the terrifying notion of murder committed against one’s will. He returns us to a time when medical researchers described the hypnotized subject as a medium who could be compelled to carry out violent crimes, and when films like The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari and Dr. Mabuse, the Gambler famously portrayed the hypnotist’s seemingly unlimited power on the movie screen. Juxtaposing these medicolegal and cinematic scenarios with modernist fiction, Andriopoulos also develops an innovative reading of Kafka’s novels, which center on the merging of human and corporate bodies. Blending theoretical sophistication with scrupulous archival research and insightful film analysis, Possessed adds a new dimension to our understanding of today’s anxieties about the onslaught of visual media and the expanding reach of vast corporations that seem to absorb our own identities.
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The Possessed (Annotated with Biography)

Author: Fyodor Dostoyevsky

Publisher: Golgotha Press

ISBN: 1610427181

Category: Fiction

Page: 100

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The Possessed is a novel about the conditions of Imperial Russia in the 19th century and is loosely based on a real Russian case of 1869. It touches upon terrorism and nihilism. A group of extremists want to overthrow the powers of Russia and rule the country themselves. One of their goals is to eliminate the power of the Russian Orthodox Church. The extremists are bright, secretive, and focused, but in the end, they do not achieve their goals. The story centers around two families: the Verkhovenskys and the Stravrogins.
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The Possessed

Author: Craig E. Blohm

Publisher: Greenhaven Publishing LLC

ISBN: 0737737816

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 48

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This book describes various instances of demon possession and communicating with spirits throughout history including the Salem witch trials, possession in ancient cultures, and as portrayed by the film industry.
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The Mind Possessed

The Cognition of Spirit Possession in an Afro-Brazilian Religious Tradition

Author: Emma Cohen

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780198043478

Category: Social Science

Page: 256

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The cognitive science of religion has made a persuasive case for the view that a number of different psychological systems are involved in the construction and transmission of notions of extranatural agency such as deities and spirits. Until now this work has been based largely on findings in experimental psychology, illustrated mainly with hypothetical or anecdotal examples. In The Mind Possessed, Emma Cohen considers how the psychological systems undergirding spirit concepts are activated in real-world settings. Spirit possession practices have long had a magnetizing effect on academic researchers but there have been few, if any, satisfactory theoretical treatments of spirit possession that attempt to account for its emergence and spread globally. Drawing on ethnographic data collected during eighteen months of fieldwork in Bel?m, northern Brazil, Cohen combines fine-grained descriptions and analyses of mediumistic activities in an Afro-Brazilian cult house with a scientifically-grounded explanation for the emergence and spread of ideas about spirits, possession and healing. Cohen shows why spirit possession and its associated activities are inherently attention-grabbing. Making a radical departure from traditional anthropological, medicalist and sociological analyses, she argues that a cognitive approach offers more precise and testable hypotheses concerning the spread and appeal of spirit concepts and possession activities. This timely book presents new lines of enquiry for the cognitive science of religion (a rapidly growing field of interdisciplinary scholarship) and challenges the theoretical frameworks within which spirit possession practices have traditionally been understood.
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