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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, emotion…

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Basu, Helene, “Possession”, in: Brill’s Encyclopedia of Hinduism Online, Editor-in-Chief Associate Editors Knut A. Jacobsen, Helene Basu, Angelika Malinar, Vasudha Narayanan. Consulted online on 03 July 2022 <>
First published online: 2018

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