Spirit Possession and Spirit Mediumship in Africa and Afro-America: An Annotated Bibliography, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Spirit Possession and Spirit Mediumship in Africa and Afro-America

An Annotated Bibliography, 1st Edition

Edited by Irving I. Zaretsky, Cynthia Shambaugh


466 pages

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Originally published in 1978 Spirit Possession and Spirit Mediumship in Africa and Afro-America is an incredibly diverse and comprehensive bibliography on published works containing ethnographic data on, and analysis of, spirit possession and spirit mediumship in North and Sub-Saharan Africa and in some Afro-American communities in the Western Hemisphere. The sources on Western Afro-American communities were chosen to shed light on the African continent and the Americas. The bibliography, while not exhaustive, provides extensive research on the area of research in spiritualism in Africa and Afro-America. The bibliography also provides unique sources on spirit cults, ritual or ethnic groups and will be of especial interest to researchers. Although published in the late 70s, this book will still provide an incredibly useful research tool for academics in the area of religion, with a focus on spiritualism and non-western religions.

Table of Contents



A Method of Compilation: Research Orientation, Scope of Material Surveyed, Special Topical Problems

B. Working Definition of Spirit Possession and Spirit Mediumship

C. Organization of the Bibliography

Bibliographic Citations

Portuguese Citations from Brazil


1 Africa: Ethnic Groups

2. Africa: Miscellaneous Groups

3. Africa: Ethnic Groups in Political Units

4. Africa: Ethnic Groups in Major Regions

5. Africa: General Sources

6. Afro-America: Regions, Political Units, Religious Movements and Ethnic Groups

7. Afro-America: General Sources

8. World Areas Outside Africa and Afro-America

9. Theoretical Sources on Spirit Possession and Spirit Mediumship

10. Altered States of Consciousness Research

11. Glossolalia

12. Art

13. Music

14. Religious Movements

15. Islam

16. Kimbanguism

17. Zar

18. Zionism

Lists of Journals, Newsletters, Periodicals Surveyed

List 1. Journals, Newsletters, Periodicals – Thoroughly Investigated and Relevant

List 2. Journals, Newsletters, Periodicals – Investigated for Cited Articles

List 3. Journals, Newsletters, Periodicals – Investigated but not Relevant

First published in 1978 by Garland Publishing, Inc.

© 1978 Irving I. Zaretsky and Cynthia Shambaugh


About the Series

Routledge Library Editions: Spiritualism

The volumes in this set, originally published between 1974 and 1992, draw together research by leading academics in spiritualism, and provide a rigorous examination of related key issues. The collection examines spirituality from a broad range of disciplines, from the spirituality in the Christian church, spirituality in Africa, and Afro-American religions, as well as examining the areas of channeling, mediumship and spirit possession. In this 3-volume set, there are two incredibly unique and insightful bibliographic source collections, examining both primary and secondary source listings across the subject of spiritualism and one volume providing field research into spirituality in the Christian church and in the occult. This collection is an incredibly useful tool for researchers examining the broad area of spiritualism and will be of interest to researchers, academics and students of anthropology, religion and sociology.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
RELIGION / General
RELIGION / Spirituality