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Ecstatic religious practices

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Group religious practices inducing altered states of consciousness with or without alcohol and/or drugs, frenzied singing and dancing, etc., resulting in trance, possession, glossolalia; ceremonial license (e.g., phallic rites, temporary lifting of sex restraints, ceremonial intoxication); induced hysteria, hallucination, and swoon; religious revivalism, snake handling, Greek and Roman orgies, etc.

The scope note was revised and the term changed from "Orgies" to "Ecstatic Religious Practices" in 2000.

Religious practices

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