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(Skt.; Pāli, peta).

‘Hungry ghosts’, one of the miserable modes of existence in saṃsāra. Various kinds of these spirits exist but all are subject to suffering in the form of insatiable and unsatisfiable appetites as a punishment for greed and avarice in previous lives. See also Bhavacakra; Gati.

Subjects: Religion.


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