Ghoul on Ghoul Action 2: Pisaca

Hello demon fans:

I’m back from vacation and it’s really cold here, so you can expect the blog to get updated on Wednesdays again… because it’s too chilly to leave my house. As a special treat this Wednesday, I’ve got the story of the earliest known vampire exorcism. But for now, I give you the Pisaca.

<h2.Ghoul on Ghoul Action 2: Pisaca

When the great god Brahma made gods, demons, ancestors and people, so the story from the Hindu sacred texts the Puranas, goes, his newly created beings got hungry. They reached for the best (and only) snack at hand. That is, Brahma himself. Brahma was pissed off at this and who wouldn’t be, I ask you, who wouldn’t be?

Brahma got so mad that his hair fell out and turned into serpents. Then he got mad about being bald and surrounded by snakes.

His anger was so intense that it took physical form, as ghoulish flesh eating creatures, the first Pisacha.

Pisacha are former humans who rise from the grave to hunt their fellow men for food. Caught between Heaven and Hell, they can never rest. Even if you manage to whip out your sword and kill one, it will come back as a ghost, doomed to haunt the place where it died its second death.

Unless you can manage to learn the Pisacha’s living name and can have a holy sage do the proper burial ritual using that true name.

There is an even more valuable use for a Pisacha if you manage to catch one. Because they are stuck between the worlds, they are outside the space-time continuum, you might say. So they have special knowledge of events both past and present. A useful accessory for the budding wizard on the go.

Sources

The Vampire Book: The Encyclopedia of the Undead
The Vampire Book: The Encyclopedia of the Undead
(Paperback)
by J. Gordon Melton

Breaking demonic news: Corpse-eating robot in development (No, I’m not making this up)

The EATR robot snacks on corpses.

The EATR snacks on corpses. Robot or ghoul?

Yesterday, Fox News reported that Robotic Technology Inc, a company out of Maryland, is developing a battlefield robot that fuels itself by ‘eating’ organic matter. Like insects. Grass. AND THE DEAD.

People are calling it the zombie robot, but that is totally wrong. As dedicated DotW readers will know, undead (undead, robotic, whatever) creatures that consume corpses fall under the category of ‘ghoul.’ Not zombie. Ghoul.

Let’s get it right, people.

For now the platform is experimental, but things the company is thinking of developing include some kind of gun platform. So, basically, we’re creating something that eats corpses, then giving it the ability to turn us all into corpses. It’s fully automatic, and can roam for months at a time.

Okay, so besides being completely offensive to religious cultures that require proper burial procedures for their dead to enter the afterlife, is this a good idea? How does a robot distinguish between living and dead organic matter? Should we develop Grey Goo to help us fight this threat? Would vampire robots be a better plan, and if so, what would their capes look like?

Your thoughts, please, DoTW readers…

Ghoul on ghoul action 1: The ghul

First, poll results

Thanks for voting. Our favorite guy was Asmodeus, hands down. Er, hooves down.

Have to admit I wasn’t expecting that. But point taken! You’ll see some more new ‘Demonspotting’ posts soon.

And whoever it was who got to this blog by searching for ‘conjuring Asmodeus,’ please reconsider. Really, don’t mess with this stuff.

Second, happy Independence Day!

Happy Independence Day, folks! Enjoy your freedom today, and every day. Now, on to the demons…

Ghoul on ghoul action 1: Ghul

The word ‘ghoul’ comes from the ancient Middle Eastern ‘ghul’ and is a classification of monster (and a specific monster, too) that means any monster that:
– Is undead
– Eats corpses

Mmmm, tasty corpses.

The Ghul

In Arabic folklore, a ghul is a demonic being that haunts graveyards. And that’s because graveyards are the best source of its favorite food, which is yummy, yummy corpses.

That’s right. The ghul likes nothing better that to chow down on a fresh dead guy. Or maybe it’s an unfresh dead guy. I’m not going to find out, you do it.

But just because a ghul snacks on the dearly departed does not mean he’s going to pass you over just because your heart’s sill beating. You’re not his favorite thing, but hey–any corpse in a storm. Plus, he can always kill you now, then wait a few days until your ‘best before’ date has passed.

Most of the time ghouls chill in the graveyard, all long nails and wiry hair, but they can also get dolled up to go out to play with the living. Ah, but ghouls can’t change the shape of their feet, so if you suspect that hot guy you’re dancing with is a ghul (maybe the corpse-breath?), look down. If you see donkey’s hooves, pretend you’ve got a call on your cell and make a break for the ladies room.

Special edition on Wednesday!

Barring demonic interference, I’ll celebrate a very special update on Tuesday, for DotW’s one month anniversary. It’s not often we get to see the birth of a myth, but there is something going on right now, today, that might turn out to be tomorrow’s legend. Watch for it Tuesday.

Sources

The Encyclopedia of Vampires, Werewolves, and Other Monsters
The Encyclopedia of Vampires, Werewolves, and Other Monsters

by Rosemary Ellen Guiley