bhut

bhut

[boot]
noun
(in Indian mythology) a spirit or demon.
Also, bhoot [boot] .


Origin:
1775–85; < Hindi bhūt < Sanskrit bhūtā

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bhut

in Hindu mythology, a restless ghost. Bhuts are believed to be malignant if they have died a violent death or have been denied funeral rites; they are particularly feared by women, children, and the newly married.

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