ISSN Print: 2277-4343
Article: ETHNO PRACTICE IN BHUTONMADA: A REVIEW
Article Category: Review articles
Author: Karthik Balyaya, Zenica D’Souza *
Abstract: Bhutonmada/Grahonmada is a Psychiatric condition characterized by abnormal behaviour in terms of an exhibition of strength, energy, valour and enthusiasm, defects in perception, retention and memory, abnormality of speech, and abnormality in perceiving self and environment. Bhutavidya deals with the possession of demons or evil spirits and their management. It is widely practised in many parts of India; however, Ethno-practitioners in some regions of Kerala and Karnataka who have proficient knowledge about Bhutavidya are treating patients successfully. A combined approach of Jyotishyashastra, and Daivavyapashraya, like Mantra-Homa-Bali and Bheshaja, are followed by such practitioners. In this approach, Jyothishyashastra is used as a tool for diagnosis, while a combined approach of Daivavyapashraya and Yuktivyapashraya is used in its treatment. This article presents the concept of Bhutavidya explained in Ayurveda along with descriptions of Ethno-practices narrated by a Bhutavaidya residing in Kasargod district of Kerala; information collected through an in-depth, focused Interview.
Keyword: Ethnopractice, Bhutavidya, Jyothishyashastra, Bhutonmada