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Hindu Ghosts Pisachas: Evil Spirits
Pisachas are also known as vetala, and they take the form of ghosts, goblins and vampires that haunt cemeteries and ruins. They are hostile spirits of the dead whose children did not perform funerary rites in their memory. As a result they are trapped in the twilight zone between life and after-life. They make their displeasure known by troubling humans. They can drive people mad, kill children and cause miscarriages.
These creatures can be appeased with gifts or frightened them away with spells.
One can free them from their ghostly existence by performing their funerary