Severing the bonds of love: a case study in soul loss
Language: 
English
Short Title: 
Severing the bonds of love
Abstract: 

Karo Batak ceremonial curing practices in urban Indonesia take place in a disputed zone of acts and meanings, in which neither social nor cultural coherence can be presumed by the analyst. Examining the therapeutic efforts of an urban Karo spirit possession cult aimed at curing the soul loss suffered by a young man, the Christian son of one of the cult's premier spirit mediums, this paper questions the relevance of the 'integrative model' in such cases, and suggests an alternative approach, looking at the sets of social, cultural and interpersonal tensions that run through the cult's practices and which, at the same time, those practices seek to contain.

Author(s): 
Steedly, M. M.
Item Type: 
Journal Article
Publication Title: 
Social Science & Medicine (1982)
Journal Abbreviation: 
Soc Sci Med
Publication Date: 
1988
Publication Year: 
1988
Pages: 
841-856
Volume: 
27
Issue: 
8
ISSN: 
0277-9536
Library Catalog: 
PubMed
Extra: 
PMID: 3227381

Turabian/Chicago Citation

M. M. Steedly. 1988. "Severing the bonds of love: a case study in soul loss." Social Science & Medicine (1982) 27: 8: 841-856.

Wikipedia Citation

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