Supposed Region of ExistenceEdit
South Asian Subcontinent
She appears either as a hideous creature with long sagging breasts (while sometimes she is seen as having no breasts), a starved appearance, while the stomach and navel are protruding, unkempt hair, with long and scruffy pubic hair. Her hands are long and thin, with long thin arms outstretched before her. It assumes the guise of a beautiful young woman to charm men. When she has found her prey, she quickly reverts back to her true form. Her feet are backward, she has an unnaturally long, thick black or bright red tongue with her mouth opened wide; though sometimes she is reported as having no mouth at all. She is either seen wearing a white or a red sari, representing a widow or a bride respectively, with her head covered and carrying a lantern.
They sometimes described as having pig faces with large fangs or having a human-like face with sharp tusks. She is also said to roam naked. Though this may mean that the Churel is a shape-shifter as well.
A churel, also written as "churail", or rather "chudail" (pronounced chew-dail) (Devanagari: चुडेल) is a female ghost out of Hindu folklore. In western India especially Gujarat, they are known as Jakihn, Jakhai, Mukai, Nagulai, and Alvantin. The spirit is said to be of a low-caste woman who died either in pregnancy, in childbirth or during her menstruating; while in a state of ritual impurity. They can also be created due to family negligence. Within twelve days it is said the Churel may come to claim her child and kill them. The worst and most malignant Churel are those that die during Diwali Festival.
They have been known to suck blood, a habit shared with another monster, the vampire, and because young men are the usually the cause of her death. The Churel always drinks from young men, beginning with the one she loved in life. Legend also says that they hold young men captive until they are elderly, or else makes love to them until they become so weak that they die to join the spirit. They accomplish this by disguising themselves as youthful, beautiful women, once she has captured her prey she drains them of blood, semen, and virility which over a period transforms the young man into an elderly man.
The Soshi Churel is especially harmful to men from her former family; assaulting them as they return from the field, calling them by name. If you answer the call she will haunt you until death, causing much misfortune to the family as well. If you do not answer, she will continue to call and curse you with ill luck.
Another trick of the Churel is to wait along roads and highways. They will then seduce a lone traveller to accompany her away. They sometimes imprison people in a graveyard lair, feeding off their blood little at a time. Also one legend tells of a young man who is seduced by a churel and eats the food she offers, upon his return to the village at dawn he has become an aged man.
Types of Churel: Edit
- Poshi Churels: These were women who did not enjoy sexual pleasures, so they "fondle" children, but remain subservient to their husbands.
- Soshi Churels: These are the most common of Churels, neglected and harassed by their relatives, they return after death to drain their blood; especially the male members of the family.
- Toshi Churels: These are quite a strange breed of Churel. Once they return from the dead, they give their loving husband joy. They also protect the family for eternity.
The churel usually lives near small rivers or springs, but Churels are most often reported near graveyards or squalid places.
Along with this there's also hearsay that a churel is a spirit with enormous power who has sacrificed the flesh of her back in a ceremony to gain power through black magic and that they can sometimes be found at the place of their death too. Within Hindu belief, Churels may become into dakinis and serve the goddess Kali.
A churel can be prevented from forming by burying the corpse of any woman who is likely to become one face-down to prevent the ghost from escaping and some families would sprinkle mustard seeds on the grave and along the road of interment or cremation; to ensure that the churel do not visit their old family house, then carefully scrape the spot where the woman died and remove it. Also when the funeral is in progress, seeds like mustard or cotton are thrown near her grave. She will only be able to return if she gathers all the pieces of cotton or all the seeds. You can also drive small round headed iron nails into the thumb and forefingers of the corpse, then fasten the big toes together with iron rings. However, in some cases an exorcism has been needed over the burial site.
The way to vanquish a churel is not written anywhere. Elder women in India have told their female children to throw mustard seeds. As the churel will be forced to count all of them before haunting you again. Also if a girl dies during menstruation or pregnancy, special rituals are held so that she doesn't rise.
Nothing substantial, it consists of mostly eyewitness accounts and hearsay, which is sadly dismissible. Special rites are also conducted, greatly diminishing the chance of finding one.
Possibility of ExistenceEdit
1. Not probable.
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