, Volume 3, Issue 1, pp 29-52

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

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Abstract

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.