This fascinating little book deals in detail with what at first might seem a small cult, colourful and dynamic certainly, but of significance merely local to its place of origin in the Indian state of Kerala. As the story unfolds, however, it becomes clear that this is far from the case, and that the phenomenon is full of interest for students of the history of religions. From Dr Gabriel’s many other writings we have learned to expect patient investigation and humane and sympathetic interpretation. In this book we find those qualities once more abundantly on display.
From the Foreword by Professor Andrew Walls, Liverpool Hope University
This very short study of a possession cult in India raises important questions about the relation of religion to social organization — and of the relation of religions to each other.
David Eller, Community College of Denver, Anthropology Review Database June 26, 2011