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How gods and spirits (and tulpas) become real to people

Talk by Tanja Luhrmann, Stanford University

2019.08.20 | Anne-Mette Pedersen

Date Tue 17 Sep
Time 11:00 13:00
Location IMC Meeting Room, Jens Chr. Skous Vej 4, Building 1483-312, 8000 Aarhus



This talk pulls together my work from the last few decades to ask: what do we know about the conditions under which invisible others come to seem real to people? I will argue, first of all, that becoming real is a problem. Not all gods are simply believed in. Then I will talk about a series of factors that make gods and spirits (and tulpas) feel more real: narrative detail, a proclivity for absorption, cultural attitudes about mental events, vivid experiences, and practice.


About the speaker:


Tanya Marie Luhrmann
Howard H. and Jessie T. Watkins University Professor of Anthropology and Professor, by courtesy, of Psychology
Stanford University