This is of course not something which has been or could be (if it exists) studied in a lab. But I'm interested in your thoughts, scientifically-oriented or not. By possession, of course, I mean the supposed invasion of a physical body by a spirit one. It's something rarely claimed to occur in the Western world, but in primitive areas of Africa, it occurs on a daily basis. Did anyone read the Nat'l Geo. article in Jan '04 concerning the African tribe which still lives (mostly) like they always have? I forget their name -- something like Hrindi. Anyway, the anthropologist who has spent the most time with them casually mentions that she has seen the women of the tribe being possessed and becoming 'three times stronger than ordinary'. It is a nightly ritual among the women to sit around the fire and wait for possession. The men simply watch respectfully. In fact, a 'possessed' woman can order around a man. Your thoughts?