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Title: Il movimento della Devī: un'epidemia di possessione collettiva
Authors: Filippi, Gian Giuseppe
Issue Date: 2002
Publisher: Padova, Editoriale Programma
Abstract: In whole India there is an ancestral cult towards the Goddess of the Smallpox. The hard fevers produced by the sickness are interpreted like trance states or possessions of the sick by Śītalā Devī. Whenever the ill survives, he is considered as returned from the Death realms. In the beginning of the 20s on the western coast of India started a new phenomenon of collective possession by the Devī, but without any epidemic manifestations. The so-called Devī Movement appeared as a new religious requirement of the minorities for better life conditions, but that dream has been quickly carried away by the national political interests.
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