Kristin Bloomer

WSRP Research Associate 2012-2013

Research project

Possessed by Mary: Hinduism, Roman Catholicism, and Spirit Possession in Tamil Nadu, South India

This book investigates Marian spirit possession, religious syncretism, gender, and power in contemporary South India. It follows three Tamil, Roman Catholic women who claim to be possessed by Mary, the mother of Jesus. It argues that their counter-hegemonic rituals challenge orthodoxies, patriarchies, and notions of religions as bounded entities.


HDS 2163: Altered States: Spirit Possession, Modernity, and Other Dangerous Crossings