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བརྗེད་བྱེད། | Glossary of Terms

    བརྗེད་བྱེད།

    brjed byed

    apasmāra

  • Term
Publications: 8

A class of nonhuman beings believed to cause epilepsy, fits, and loss of memory. As their name suggests‍—the Skt. apasmāra literally means “without memory” and the Tib. brjed byed means “causing forgetfulness”‍—they are defined by the condition they cause in affected humans, and the term can refer to any nonhuman being that causes such conditions, whether a bhūta, a piśāca, or other.