Posted 18 May 2012 - 04:02 AM
To explain what I meant in my own words: Here in the South I've only heard the term "Delivered" to mean "Being delivered from demons" - that is to say a form of exorcism by inviting "god" into your life. What it usually sounds like, rather, is a full on possession and not the reverse.
Having been raised in a church that does this (in more intense ways too) I can say that it is EXTREMELY similar to what I've seen of examples of possession in the Voudon sense. Almost exactly the same, other than the preceeding activities.
"The people who live in the Ozark country of Missouri and Arkansas were, until very recently, the most deliberately unprogressive people in the United States. Descended from pioneers who came West from the Southern Appalachians at the beginning of the nineteenth century, they made little contact with the outer world for more than a hundred years. They seem like foreigners to the average urban American, but nearly all of them come of British stock, and many families have lived in America since colonial days. Their material heirlooms are few, but like all isolated illiterates they have clung to the old songs and obsolete sayings and outworn customs of their ancestors." Ozark Magic and Folklore