Ecstasy
(129 words)

Unlike → enthusiasm, when God or the Spirit enters human beings, in ecstasy (Gk., ek-stasis, ‘standing out of’) human beings ‘leave’ themselves, so that they lose consciousness and self-control. The concept is variously differentiated. In the psychological sense, euphoria (→ Emotions/Feelings) can be included. The anthropology of religion has especially described the techniques of the release of the spirit or → soul from the body by dance, rhythm, or drugs. In a context of the history of religions, the applic…

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Auffarth, Christoph, “Ecstasy”, in: The Brill Dictionary of Religion, Edited by Kocku von Stuckrad. Consulted online on 18 December 2017 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1872-5287_bdr_SIM_00017>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004124332, 20051223



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