'Siri' of Dakshina Kannada: A possession syndrome

Gunasagari Rao

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Possession of the spirit, 'Siri' prevalent in the Dakshina Kannada District of Karnataka has become a cult among the Tulu speaking communities who follow the matrilineal system. This paper examines the psychosocial and therapeutic elements of the Siri cult and finds that some of the ritual characteristics associated with Siri possession are similar to the patterns found elsewhere.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)672-673
Number of pages2
JournalIndian Journal of Social Work
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 01-04-1998
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Sociology and Political Science


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