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Volume 53 Issue 1 (March 1980), Pages i-i, 1-94

Psychopathology and shamanism in rural Mexico: A case study of spirit possession (pages 67-73)

The so‐called mystical possession of Juan Jose Fong, a socially marginal Chinese‐Mexican of hysterical personality is directly related to the subject's psychological conflicts and emotional complexes and familial and social standing within the immediate cultural context. The subject is seen as suffering from conflicting emotions and cognitions centering around guilt, inferiority and non‐acceptance by his peer group. The personification of his personal problems in the motif of spirit possessions enables the subject to maintain a measure of self‐esteem, social status and personality integration.

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