Prerequisite: Nil.

This course introduces beliefs and practices related to religious ecstasy in different world religions and traditions, including Australian aboriginal religion, Buddhism, Daoism, mysticism, shamanism and spirit mediumship, Sufism, and vodou. Some of the topics examined include trance, self-mortification, self-sacrifice, snake-handling, spirit journeys, fertility rituals, rain dance, sun worship, healing and exorcism.

Cross-registered with (Anthropology) 12:157

3 lecture hours per week, one term.