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Pahāsa

A hell (niraya) in which actors are born after death. Tālapuṭa maintained that after death they were born among the Pahāsadevi. The Buddha contradicts this and says that their rebirth is in a hell and not in any deva world (S.iv.305 f; ThagA.ii.156).

Buddhaghosa explains (SA.iii.100) that Pahāsa is not a special hell, but rather a section of Avīci, where beings suffer while wearing the form of singers or dancers.

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