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Possession is a polyvalent term that in South Asian contexts may refer to multiple dimensions of religious and supernatural experiences. The semantic and conceptual boundaries of the notion of possession are not clearly drawn. The term overlaps with notions of health, illness, misfortune, failure, luck, intense devotion, …

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Basu, Helene, “Possession”, in: Brill’s Encyclopedia of Hinduism Online, Edited by: Knut A. Jacobsen, Helene Basu, Angelika Malinar, Vasudha Narayanan. Consulted online on 23 October 2019 <>
First published online: 2018

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