1. In S. Asian philosophy, an element, especially a mahābhūta (gross element) but also a tanmātra (subtle element: see AHAṂKARA). Hindu systems of philosophy list five gross elements: ether (ākāśa), air, fire, water, and earth.
2. Spirits; in the Brāhmaṇas, human and non-human beings; in later texts, malignant spirits or goblins.
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