Culture, Medicine and Psychiatry

, Volume 3, Issue 1, pp 29–52

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

  • Peter J. Claus

DOI: 10.1007/BF00114691

Cite this article as:
Claus, P.J. Cult Med Psych (1979) 3: 29. doi:10.1007/BF00114691


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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© D. Reidel Publishing Co 1979

Authors and Affiliations

  • Peter J. Claus
    • 1
  1. 1.California State UniversityHayward

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