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Journal of Indian Philosophy

, Volume 10, Issue 3, pp 289–297 | Cite as

Reflections on psychoanalysis, Indian culture and mysticism

  • Sudhir Kakar
Review Article

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© D. Reidel Publishing Co. 1982

Authors and Affiliations

  • Sudhir Kakar
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  1. 1.Centre for the Study of Developing SocietiesDelhi

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