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Paganism & Wicca - What Is Dybbuk?

Dybbuk literally meant, "attachment"; in Jewish tradition, it refers to transmigrating spirits who "attach" themselves to a living person for various reasons. 

  • Involuntary possession is the most common kind of attachment, in which the dybbuk takes over the victim's personality. 
  • Dybbuks are a prominent theme in Yiddish folklore, literature, and drama, but they are based on historical fact: there are records of dybbuk possession, and there was a plague of possession in the sixteenth century. 
  • Women were regular victims of dybbuk possession, but unlike zar, which are spirits, dybbuks are ghosts, the souls of formerly live people who must be exorcized rather than tolerated. 

Related to - Zar.

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