Dybbuk
(2,785 words)

The spirit of a dead person that takes possession of a living person. Folkloric stories of the dybbuk are attested in the Jewish world from the 13th century on and continued in existence into the 20th century in mystic and Hasidic circles. S. An-Ski (1863–1920) adapted the material in his 1914 play Tsvishn tsvey veltn (Between Two Worlds), which constituted a milestone in Yiddish and Hebrew theatre of the 20th century. With the transf…

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Zer-Zion, Shelly, “Dybbuk”, in: Encyclopedia of Jewish History and Culture Online, Original German Language Edition: Enzyklopädie Jüdischer Geschichte und Kultur. Im Auftrag der Sächsischen Akademie der Wissenschaften zu Leipzig herausgegeben von Dan Diner. © J.B. Metzler, Stuttgart/Springer-Verlag GmbH Deutschland 2011–2017.. Consulted online on 25 June 2018 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2468-8894_ejhc_COM_0181>
First published online: 2017
First print edition: 20180401



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