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

@article{Claus1979SpiritPA,
  title={Spirit possession and spirit mediumship from the perspective of Tulu oral traditions},
  author={Peter J. Claus},
  journal={Culture, Medicine and Psychiatry},
  year={1979},
  volume={3},
  pages={29-52}
}
  • P. Claus
  • Published 1 March 1979
  • Art
  • Culture, Medicine and Psychiatry
The phenomenon of spirit possession is looked at in relationship to the broad cultural context in which it is found to exist in a region of southern India. The author critically reviews various attempts to explain spirit possession as solely a psychological or sociological event. Instead, he turns to the region's spirit possession and mediumship cults, oral traditions and social ideology for an ethnographically relevant interpretation of spirit possession. 
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