Spirit possession and spirit mediumship from the perspective of Tulu oral traditions

  title={Spirit possession and spirit mediumship from the perspective of Tulu oral traditions},
  author={Peter J. Claus},
  journal={Culture, Medicine and Psychiatry},
  • P. Claus
  • Published 1 March 1979
  • Art
  • Culture, Medicine and Psychiatry
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