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is ill they say that the Evil Spirit torments him; and to deliver him they
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"When Any One Is Ill They Say That The Evil Spirit Torments Him; And To Deliver Him They Set Up

About the patient a dreadful din which does not cease night or day, until some one among the bystanders falls

Down as if in a syncope, crying out, 'I have him, - he is in me, - he is strangling me!' Then they question the person who has thus become possessed. They ask him what remedies will save the patient; what remedies does the Evil Spirit require that he may give up his prey? Sometimes it is an ox or a pig; but too often it is a human victim." (J.R.G.S. XXXII. 147.)

See also the account of the Samoyede Tadibei or Devil-dancer in Klaproth's Magasin Asiatique (II. 83).

In fact these strange rites of Shamanism, devil-dancing, or what not, are found with wonderful identity of character among the non-Caucasian races over parts of the earth most remote from one another, not only among the vast variety of Indo-Chinese Tribes, but among the Tamulian tribes of India, the Veddahs of Ceylon, the races of Siberia, and the red nations of North and South America. Hinduism has assimilated these "prior superstitions of the sons of Tur" as Mr. Hodgson calls them, in the form of Tantrika mysteries, whilst, in the wild performance of the Dancing Dervishes at Constantinople, we see perhaps again the infection of Turanian blood breaking out from the very heart of Mussulman orthodoxy.

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