North Indian Notes and Queries, Volumes 4-5

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Pioneer Press, 1894 - Folklore
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Page 28 - It is a thin unsubstantial human image, in its nature a sort of vapour, film, or shadow ; the cause of life and thought in the individual it animates; independently possessing the personal consciousness and volition of its corporeal owner, past or present ; capable of leaving the body far behind, to flash swiftly from place to place ; mostly impalpable and invisible, yet also manifesting physical power, and especially appearing to men waking or asleep as a phantasm separate from the body of which...
Page 34 - when a child is born, an invisible spirit is born with it ; and unless the mother keeps one breast tied up for forty days, while she feeds the child with the other (in which case the spirit dies of hunger), the child grows up with the endowment of the Evil Eye, and whenever any person so endowed looks at anything constantly, something will happen to it.
Page 62 - Raja, whom her husband had desired to submit to the embraces of the sage in order that he might beget .a son. The queen substituted her bondmaid Usij; the sage, cognisant of the deception, sanctified Usij, and begot by her a son, named...

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