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Folklore Archive

Showing results 21 - 40 of 113 for the category: Folklore.

Pishachas - Folklore, Indian
Pishachas are flesh eating demons, according to Hindu mythology. Their origin is obscure, although some believe that they were created by Brahma. Another legend describes them as the sons of either Krodha ...
Panis - Folklore, Indian
The Panis are a class of demons in the Rigveda, from pa?i-, a term for "bargainer, miser," especially applied to one who is sparing of sacrificial oblations. The Panis appear in RV ...
Nivatakavachas - Folklore, Indian
In Hindu mythology, the Nivatakavachas are a celestial race of Asura demons, living deep under the oceans. Their name is Sanskrit for "of practical application - layer - garment" or similar. They ...
Naga - Folklore, Indian
N?ga is the Sanskrit and P?li word for a deity or class of entity or being, taking the form of a very large snake, found in Hinduism and Buddhism. The use of ...
Mayura - Folklore, Indian
Mayura is one of the sacred peacock and highly sanctified birds of the Hindu mythology, and find references in a number of Hindu scriptures. The legend states that the Mayura was created ...
Garuda - Folklore, Indian
In Hindu mythology, a Garuda is a lesser Hindu divinity, usually the mount of Vishnu. Garuda is depicted as having a golden body, white face, red wings, and an eagle's beak, but ...
Gandharvas - Folklore, Indian
In Hinduism, the Gandharvas are male nature spirits, husbands of the Apsaras. Some are part animal, usually a bird or horse. They have superb musical skills. They guarded the Soma and made ...
Gandaberunda - Folklore, Indian
The Gandaberunda is a two headed mythological bird of Hindu mythology thought to possess magical strength. It is used as the official emblem by the Karnataka government and it is seen as ...
Danavas - Folklore, Indian
The Danavas in Vedic mythology were a race of the Asuras. The Danavas were the sons of Danu, who in turn was a daughter of Daksha. They revolted against the gods under ...
Churel - Folklore, Indian
A churel is a female ghost out of Hindu folklore. She appears either as a hideous creature with long sagging breasts and unkempt hair, or as a beautiful young woman who can ...
Astomi - Folklore, Indian
In Hinduism, the Astomi is an ancient legendary race of people who had no need to eat or drink anything at all. They survived by smelling apples and flowers. Megasthenes mentioned these people ...
Apsara - Folklore, Indian
An Apsara is a female spirit of the clouds and waters in Hindu and Buddhist mythology. Frequently encountered English translations of the word Apsara are nymph. Apsaras are supernatural beings: they appear as ...
White Lady - American, Folklore
A White Lady is a type of female ghost in America who is supposed to have died tragically or suffered trauma in life. White Lady legends are found around the world. Common ...
Acheri - Folklore, Indian
In Indian mythology an Acheri is the ghost, or spirit, of a little girl who comes down from mountains and hilltops at night to bring sickness to humans, particularly children. This is ...
Makara - Folklore, Indian
In Hindu mythology, Makara a mythical creature which is similar to the vahana of Ganga and Varuna. It is also the insignia of Kamadeva, a god (of Hindus) representing love and lust, ...
Nuno - Filipino, Folklore
A Nuno which is also called Nuno sa Punso is a dwarf-like creature in Philippine mythology. It is believed to live in an anthill or termite mound, hence its name. Literally, nuno ...
Pugot - Filipino, Folklore
The pugot is a mythical fiend that is found in the Ilocos region. It can assume various shapes such as hogs, dogs or even as humans. However, it usually appears as a ...
Sarimanok - Filipino, Folklore
The Sarimanok is a legendary bird of the Maranao people who originate from Mindanao, a major island in the Philippines. Manòk, which makes up part of its name, is a Philippine word ...
Penanggalan - Filipino, Folklore
The Penanggalan is a peculiar variation of the vampire myth that apparently began in the Malay Peninsula. Penanggal literally means detach in the Malay language. It is also called Manananggal. Both terms ...
Tikbalang - Filipino, Folklore
Tikbalang is a creature of Philippine folklore said to lurk in the mountains and forests of the Philippines. It is generally described as a tall, bony humanoid creature with disproportionately long limbs, ...
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