The exorcism we visited on Friday was new to me in that not only was it the first exorcism/public deliverance I witnessed but also my first time in a church. The appearance of the church was actually surprising to me. I know it was a non-denominational church, but it was still a very underwhelming experience. […]Read more "Friday’s Exorcisms"
On Friday, we visited the River of Life Ministries church, which was near the Cape Cod area. The church itself was a tiny building, and I was intrigued at what kinds of events would unfurl in such a small but spiritually-strong setting. I was, initially, put-off at how familiar to me the start of the […]Read more "Witnessing Exorcisms – A personal account / reflection"
“If images are so dangerous, why do we have so many of them? If they are innocent, why do they trigger so many and such enduring passions? …To begin with, for most people, they are not even images, but the world itself.” This is a quote taken from Bruno Latour’s WHAT IS ICONOCLASH?, published in 2002. In […]Read more "Latour’s Iconoclash and the Exorcism Experience"
In the wake of our two guest speakers, I have been dizzy with the implications our study of exorcism has raised about the time we live in. The notions of the body, the enactment of ritual, the overt and unknowing perpetuation of normative ideas and beliefs not necessarily founded in capital T truth – the […]Read more "The Condition of Postmodern Exorcism"
After last class my head was spinning so fast I could not decipher right from left never mind conceptualize Latour’s Constitution of Modernity. I left knowing that Latour does not believe in pre-modern or modern because simply the world is a-modern. During the class session I struggled to understand how there could not be a […]Read more "MODERN VS. PRE-MODERN"
Throughout the many different accounts of exorcisms and possessions that we have been exposed to there seems to be some tension between the victims who are aware of their possessions or oblivious to it. So what kind of factors contribute towards a victim’s awareness? Why is it that some people will be completely aware and […]Read more "Awareness of Possession"
In “On the Sacred Disease,” we have read some of the earliest contemplations on the cause of the disease. For as long as records have existed, people have struggled to decide what is and is not meant to be within their understanding, i.e. the reach of science. Disease, which can transform young, healthy people into […]Read more "The Role of Exorcism in Past and Present Times"