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Pisaca

(Piācha). A Sanskrit term that has a dual meaning. In theosophical literature as well as in Indian folklore, piācas refer to ghosts. They are astral shells of those who have lived evil lives, and thus these shades have malevolent influences. In the Purānas, piācas refer to sons of Gods commonly regarded as demons, as are the Dānavas, Daityas, and the Rākshasas.

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