Les rondes de saint Antoine. Culte, possession et affliction en Inde du Sud.
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Brigitte Sebastia

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Aux Lieux d’Etre with the support of the IFP
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352 p.
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French

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978-2-916063-34-8

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Out of stock / Epuisé

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In India, psychiatry does not enjoy a good reputation, in spite of the reforms to acclimatize it to the situation and to the Indian sensibility. Though recourse to psychiatry is not negligible, its failures do not inspire confidence, nor allay apprehension of psychic disorders. This leaves a large place for religious therapy. Patients and their families pin their last hope in it for the cure of disorders thought to be of supernatural origin. Brigitte Sébastia has conducted research on a Catholic shrine dedicated to Saint Antony of Padua, venerated for his healing and exorcist powers, where impressive scenes of possession take place. Through a very precise study, the author explores problems within Indian society, the place of Catholicism and its acclimatization to Hinduism, the therapeutic systems available in the country, the representations of mental illnesses and the impact of the social and familial context on the emergence of psychic disorders.

Catholicism, Indianisation, medical pluralism, possession

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