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Trance Mediums and New MediaSpirit Possession in the Age of Technical Reproduction$
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Heike Behrend, Anja Dreschke, and Martin Zillinger

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780823253807

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: May 2015

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823253807.001.0001

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New Media and Traveling Spirits: Pentecostals in the Vietnamese Diaspora and the Disaster of the Titanic

New Media and Traveling Spirits: Pentecostals in the Vietnamese Diaspora and the Disaster of the Titanic

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(p.100) New Media and Traveling Spirits: Pentecostals in the Vietnamese Diaspora and the Disaster of the Titanic
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Gertrud Hüwelmeier

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Fordham University Press
DOI:10.5422/fordham/9780823253807.003.0005

This chapter explores the role of media and new media technologies and the ways in which prayers and spirits travel and circulate among local and global audiences. Based on ethnographic fieldwork among Pentecostal religious practitioners in Germany and Vietnam, and in particular in a prayer camp on the Lorelei cliff at the Rhine river, this contribution investigates how media technologies affect place, space, and the effort to fill an assumed “spiritual vacuum” in diasporic Vietnamese Pentecostal networks. Referring to the image of the sinking Titanic, sermons and prayers recall experiences of flight and migration. The focus on practices of mediation demonstrates how ideas about the supernatural, the spiritual, and the transcendental are made accessible for believers, how they are reconsidered via media, and especially how spirits travel across borders.

Keywords:   Gertrud Hüwelmeier, Migration, Traveling spirits, New media technologies, Vietnamese Pentecostal networks, Germany

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