Existence of ghosts is widely believed in Nepal. In many villages and cities, people believe that different forms of ghosts exist. There are countless stories about people’s encounter with ghosts. Today we discuss some common forms of ghosts that are believed to exist in Nepalese concept:
The literal translation of Kichkandi is that of a tormented spirit depending on the individual reported cases. Children often grow up hearing the tales of such tortured souls of women who are bound to wander the site of their untimely death. These women while alive were treated unfairly in some manner, either from societal pressures or the spurning of the men they loved and resulted with them ending their own lives. They are similar to the “Lady in White” of western superstitions and are said to roam bridges and cliff sides. Any sighting of a Kichkandi is always followed by an illness of some sort and typically, a priest must bless a person if they are unfortunate enough to encounter this dreadful spirit.
The eastern cousin of the vampire, Pishachas are said to be flesh eating demons that haunt cremation grounds. While their origin is obscured by myths and religious scripts, the commonly known fact is that they are drawn to darkness and take pleasure in tormenting humans. If a person were to take a walk amongst the “ghats”, cremation areas, surrounding Pashupatinath Temple, they can easily find a good story or two from the folks who live nearby. The stories have only built up over the years as the denizens of Kathmandu recount their own personal experiences with such entities.
The white horse looks like a person riding the horse. It runs on the streets at 3 in the morning. It is believed that anyone who sees the white horse dies within the span of a day.
Murkhatta is the most dangerous ghosts that are believed to exist. Murkhatta doesn’t have head and the eyes & mouth are located at its chest. It is especially believed to exist in the forests and the cemeteries. Also, it is said that murkhatta sometimes visits the houses during the night.
Perhaps the most unique supernatural creature in this list, a Bhakunde Bhoot is wandering spirit found amongst the forest that surrounds the different cremation grounds. Their appearance has been described as being small almost spherical, almost like that of a soccer ball. They are said to follow children and young adults after dusk and will do so from a distance. If a person were to be curious then the little ghost will whisk away in moments. Told as a bedtime story to most kids, this little spirit, however, is reported to have been seen even by adults on the off chance they are walking alone at night.
The Aghori are yet another addition to this list that is not strictly supernatural but their actions do separate them from normal rank and file of Nepali folklore. Agori is, simply put, cannibal priests. Their worship of the goddess of death is by itself a little peculiar but when one looks closely at the practices, we find that they partake of human. They have some similarity with the native American folklore of the “wendigo” and while they are found aplenty in rural monastic areas, they are less frequently seen amongst the general population, with the exception of the area around Pashupatinath in Kathmandu.
The Chhauda is the Bhojpuri translation for a child. So, the ghost is in the form of a child. It is not the dangerous type of ghosts. Not the adults, but the child sees chhaudas playing some tricks and doing various activities. The child then gets sick. If one sees babies and child in their dream playing some tricks, it is also the chaauda.
Boksia are the living forms of ghosts. They are believed to be present in the form of middle-aged or old aged women. Boksis transform into cats in the midnight and suck people’s blood. Boksis are considered to be dangerous. They possess some superpowers by the use of which they can cause some serious illness or even death of the people they want. They become powerless if their hair is cut. It especially attacks people who sleep with their hands on their own chest. It is believed that a boksi never dies without passing its powers to other women.
Veer is believed to be a dangerous type of ghost. It is like a faithful servant towards its master who obeys all the orders given by his master. A veer is controlled by a person by the use of some mantras. If ordered by his master Veer does all the household and fieldwork with some magics. On behalf of his work Veer asks for some foods that could be anything ( Grass, straws [ पराल], animals and even man). If a veer is instructed by his master it could even eat a man.
3 Ghante is also believed to be a dangerous form of a ghost. It can’t be seen but only has a voice. It calls someone directly by its name for 3 times in the voice of someone known to them. It calls only the name for 3 times and within 3 times if someone responds to the call by it, the person dies within 3 hours.
Lakheys are carnivorous demons that are specific to the Newari culture of Nepal and said to reside in forests and the outskirts of human settlement. They are fearsome in their appearance, with red skin and long protruding teeth shaped like tusks. They are ambivalent in their intentions with some acting as protectors and others causing disturbance and despair amongst the population. Lakheys are numerous in number, and the female of this species of demons is known as Lasin. Perhaps the most famous Lakhey is the Majipa Lakhey, derived from Manjupattan, which literally means the demon of Manjusri City. Every year, a festival is held to honour the Majipa Lakhey during september on Indrajatra.
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