Marcela Perdomo

  • Visiting Lecturer, Postdoctoral Fellow


Anthropology of Ritual and Religion; Anthropology of Trance and Possession; Anthropology of Culture, Consciousness and Embodiment; Group Historical Memory and Transmission; West African Diaspora Religions in the Americas


Member of the Laboratoire d’Anthropologie Sociale - LAS (EHESS/CNRS/Collège de France) 

Research Interests and Current Projects

My research explores the anthropology of religious transmission of spiritual possession. My methodological approach consists in gathering exploratory ethnographies focused on the social, cultural and pragmatic conditions that underpin the process of becoming possessed. My main aim is to suggest an analytical framework able to consider the relationship between cultural contexts, thinking patterns, Self-awareness, ritual pragmatics and possession. My research emphasizes how spirit possession can be in some cases a form of “Embodied History.”

Education & Training

  • PhD, Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales (EHESS), Paris, 2019

Representative Publications

Somatizing the Past: Healing the Dead through Spirit Possession in the Garifuna Dugu of Honduras. Journal of Africana Religions 1 January 2022; 10 (1): 47–71. doi:

Research Grants

Grant for fieldwork conduction, Laboratoire d’Anthropologie Sociale (LAS) (2011) and the CNRS (Centre National de Recherche Scientifique) and EHESS, Paris (2009)