‘Satan Mourns Naked upon the Earth’: Locating Mormon Possession and Exorcism Rituals in the American Religious Landscape, 1830–1977

@article{Taysom2017SatanMN,
  title={‘Satan Mourns Naked upon the Earth’: Locating Mormon Possession and Exorcism Rituals in the American Religious Landscape, 1830–1977},
  author={Stephen C. Taysom},
  journal={Religion and American Culture: A Journal of Interpretation},
  year={2017},
  volume={27},
  pages={57 - 94}
}
  • Stephen C. Taysom
  • Published 2017
  • Sociology
  • Religion and American Culture: A Journal of Interpretation
Abstract Since its inception in 1830, an important feature of Mormonism has been its belief in a literal Devil and in the ability of the Devil to possess human beings. Despite the pervasiveness of these beliefs and practices, Mormon possession and exorcism is a largely unstudied phenomenon. What follows is a careful study of four historical accounts of Mormon exorcism rituals dating from 1830, 1839, 1888, and 1977, and their narrative presentations. This article traces the development of Mormon… 

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