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"A man may be in as just possession of truth as of a City, and yet be forced to surrender it"--Religio Medici (1643) by Thomas Browne cited in Possession: A Romance (1990) by A. S. Byatt

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Possession is ownership. For example, a territory under the rule of another country. It can refer to the the condition or affliction of being possessed by a demon or other supernatural entity.

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  • Spirit possession, belief in the control of the behavior of a living thing or natural object by a spiritual being
  • Demonic possession, belief in the control of a person by the Devil or other malevolent spirit

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