Dissociative trance and spirit possession: Challenges for cultures in transition

  title={Dissociative trance and spirit possession: Challenges for cultures in transition},
  author={Vishal Bhavsar and Antonio Ventriglio and Dinesh Bhugra},
  journal={Psychiatry and Clinical Neurosciences},
The cross‐cultural validity of dissociative possession and trance disorders is a matter of some debate, limiting research and meaningful interpretation of prevalence data. Intimate to these concerns is the status of spirit possession categories studied in the social sciences, particularly anthropology. These two categories are phenomenologically related and display similar epidemiological associations. In India, dissociative and conversion disorders are fairly common in clinical settings. There… 

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