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POSSESSED. This word is applied to the right and enjoyment of a termor or a person having a term, who is said to be possessed, and not seized. Bac. Tr. 335; Poph. 76; Dy. 369.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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[11] Spirit possession as a voodoo ritual is also less an individual act and more a communal event, in which "the possessed gives herself up to become an instrument in a social and collective drama" (Dayan 40).
Alfred Metraux argues that there are similarities between possession and theater, but in the eyes of the believers the possessed person is never an actor (127).
Catholics and Calvinists, neighbors, deacons, magistrates, the provincial estates, and crowds of Utrechters all became involved - not to mention the possessed themselves, who stubbornly defended their views.
What this micro-history suggests is, first, the prominent role of non-elites - especially relatives and neighbors of the possessed - in interpreting and labeling abnormal behavior.