ByAnna Olvera, writer at Creators.co
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Supernatural phenomena has always fascinated people since the age of time. When we think about supernatural beings, some typical ones come to mind right away. The Banshees, Gnomes, Trolls, Witches and such...but have you heard of a Churel? Or a Konaki-Jiji? No? Well... I've prepared a list of 10 of the many supernatural beings that exist out there and some, I'm sure, that you maybe even have never heard of before.

1.) Acheri

Picture Courtesy of Maldoror2112 Deviantart
Picture Courtesy of Maldoror2112 Deviantart

In Native American folklore an Acheri is the ghost or spirit of a little girl who comes down from the mountains and hilltops at night to bring sickness to humans, particularly children. They are often depicted with dark or unnatural eyes and can also be referred to as "hill fairies." The only defense against an Acheri was thought to be a red ribbon tied around one's neck. The Acheri is said to bring death to the elderly or other people with low immune system defenses.

2.) Buruburu

Buruburu Image By Mathew Meyer
Buruburu Image By Mathew Meyer

It is said to be the "Ghost of Fear." The ghost lives in the forests and graveyards. It takes the form of a shaking old man or woman and sometimes only has one eye. It will attach itself to the back of its victim sending a chill up and down their spine. The selected then dies of extreme fright.

3.) Churel (Churai)

Is a female ghost of South Asian folklore, which is equivalent of Lilith and well known in North India, Bangladesh and Pakistan. The word "Churel" is also used colloquially for a witch. Women who die in childbirth or pregnancy due to the negligence of her relatives are often described turning into Churels, who return to seek their revenge and suck the blood of their male relatives.
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.

4.) Dybbuk

The "Dybbuk" from "The Possession" Movie
The "Dybbuk" from "The Possession" Movie

In Jewish mythology, a Dybbuk is a malicious and possessive spirit believed to be the dislocated soul of a dead person. It supposedly leaves the host's body once it has accomplished its goal, sometimes after being helped by other forces. On August 29th, 2012 the TV show Paranormal Witness did a story on a man from Portland, Oregon who came across a box, believed to be inhabited by the spirit of a Dybbuk. On August 31st, 2012 the movie The Possession hit theaters, which is loosely based on the Dybbuk box from the TV show story.

5.) Funa Yurei

A Ship Lost at Sea
A Ship Lost at Sea

Funa Yurei are said to be the souls of drowning victims. Bitter and wrathful towards the living, they rise up from the bottom of the sea to attack boats. Meeting one on the sea is fatal. They approach people on boats and ask to borrow a ladle. If they are given a ladle, they will pour sea water into the boat until it sinks. If the victims are lucky, they drown, and if they are unlucky they are captured, tortured and eaten by the "Isohime," a giant fantastical mermaid that likes to catch survivors in sinking ships.

6.) Konaki-Jiji

Konaki-Jiji
Konaki-Jiji

The Konaki-Jiji is able to take the appearance of an old man or a baby - someone feeble looking. In either case, the spirit lures an unwary passerby toward it and allows him or her to pick it up. After the spirit is picked up, it suddenly becomes a heavy stone that crushes the victim to death. In some versions of Konaki-Jiji stories, the spirit is that of a baby left to die in the wilderness, while others say that it cannot be dropped or let go, eventually crushing you to death either way.

7.) Kubikajiri

Kubikajiri
Kubikajiri

It's a creature in Japanese folklore that lives in graveyards and it is seen late at night searching for its head. It feasts on the heads of the living and the dead alike. One can smell the creature before it is seen because it smells of fresh blood.

8.) Old Hag also known as Old Hag Syndrome (Sleep Paralysis)

Old Hag also known as Old Hag Syndrome (Sleep Paralysis)
Old Hag also known as Old Hag Syndrome (Sleep Paralysis)

A hag or "Old Hag" was a nightmare spirit in English and North American folklore. This variety of hag is essentially identical to the Old English Maera, a being with roots in ancient Germanic superstition, and closely related to the Scandinavian Mara. According to folklore, the Old Hag sat on a sleeper's chest and sent nightmares to him or her. When the subject awoke, he or she would be unable to breathe or even move for a short period of time. In modern days this is also known as sleep paralysis, often accompanied by terrifying hallucinations (such as an intruder in the room) to which one is unable to react due to paralysis, and physical experiences (such as strong current running through the upper body).

9.) Vetala

"Vetala"
"Vetala"

A "Vetala" is a ghost like being from Hindu mythology. The Vetala are defined as spirits inhabiting corpses and cemetery grounds. These corpses may be used as vehicles for movement (as they no longer decay while so inhabited) but a Vetala may also leave the body at will. They make their displeasure known by troubling humans, they can drive people mad, kill children, and cause miscarriages.

10.) Wendigo (Windigo, and many others)

A "Wendigo
A "Wendigo

The Wendigo is a demonic half-beast creature appearing in the legends of the Algonquian peoples along the Atlantic Coast and Great Lakes Region of both the United States and Canada. The creature or spirit could either possess characteristics of a human or a monster that had physically transformed from a person. It is particularly associated with cannibalism. The Algonquian believed those who indulged in eating human flesh were at particular risk. The Wendigo legend has inspired a number of derived characters commonly found in modern horror fiction.

Sources: Wikipedia & The Encyclopedia of Ghosts and Spirits by Rosemary Ellen Guiley.

Well there you have it, I hope you enjoyed these 10 supernatural beings, if you have other beings I should know about, leave me a comment down below don't forget to comment, share or follow me until next time... Sweet screams.

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