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In Hinduism and Buddhism, a bhūta is a type of evil spirit (pl: bhūtās). It is especially the evil ghost of a man who has died due to execution, accident, or suicide. People protect themselves by lying on the ground, because the bhūtās never rest on earth. In the Bhagvad Gita, Krishna the Avatar declares that the humans who worship bhūtās become bhūtās themselves; this is part of a larger discourse wherein the Avatar tells Prince Arjuna that the worshipper and the worshipped ultimately become one.

The word "Bhūt" is still used in Hindi to categorize a ghost.


  • Dictionary of Hindu Lore and Legend (ISBN 0500510881) by Anna Dhallapiccola

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