C is for Churel
Churels are female vampiric ghosts. They are believed to be women who died in childbirth, during pregnancy or even during mensuration, especially ones who were neglected by their relatives. They return to extract their revenge and drain the blood of male relatives.
They are predominately found in South Asian legends, but is also known in North India, Pakistan and even Bangladhesh.
“The churel is described to have a hideous and terrible appearance, however she appears in the devious disguise of a youthful, beautiful maiden to lure young men. She drains their blood, semen, and virility, transforming them into aged men. She dwells and prowls in places associated with death and filth.
Various precautions are advised to avoid a churel. The best solution is to prevent the creation of a churel. Special rites and rituals are performed in the burial of any woman who is likely to become a churel. The corpse may be bound or protective nails or structures used to restrict the would-be churel to her burial grounds. Measures are undertaken so that at least the churel does not find her way back to her house to torment her family.”1
“The worst and most malignant Churel are those that die during Diwali Festival. 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. “2
What’s the moral of this post? Take care of your woman! 🙂