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A young woman from Bueng Kan in northern Thailand claimed she had to leave home because she is possessed by spirits. The 35 year old woman, identified as Kanokrat, revealed she left home in search of a traditional healer to rid herself of the supernatural entities within her. She said that a child spirit accompanied …

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I often wonder how one can distinguish folk beliefs, like spirit possession, from psychotic delusion. Truth is most cases of self-professed possession belief, probably are psychosis. Folk cultures have their own explanations for madness, ie. possession by spirits or the attack of witchcraft. Since they are the cultural framework for understanding illness, and since they agree the phenomena exist and are bad, there is cause for cultural sensitivity

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