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ghoul A Demon in Islamic lore who feeds on the flesh of human beings, especially travelers, children or corpses stolen out of graves. The name comes from the Arabic terms ghul (masculine) and ghula (feminine). Ghouls are nocturnal creatures who inhabit graveyards, ruins and other lonely places. Sometimes they are described as dead humans who sleep for long periods in secret graves, then awake, rise and feast on both the living and the dead. Ghouls also personify the unknown terrors held by the desert, and may be compared to the lamiae and Lilith night terror Demons. In classical myth ology, lamiae are monsters who feed on the flesh and blood of the young. Lilith, traditionally the first wife of Adam, is the wife of the Devil, whose children are the Djinn Demons. In Islamic lore, there are several varieties of ghouls, but the most feared is a female type that has the ability to appear as a normal, flesh-and-blood woman. Such a creature marries an unsuspecting man, who becomes her prey. See VETALA. FURTHER READING : Leach, Maria, and Jerome Fried, eds. Funk & Wagnalls Standard Dictionary of Folklore, Mythology, and Legend. San Francisco: Harper & Row, 1979.

Taken from : The Encyclopedia of Ghosts and Spirits – Written by Rosemary Ellen Guiley – Paperback – September 1, 2007

A ghoul is aDemon who feeds on the flesh of human beings, especially travelers, children, or corpses stolen out of graves. Ghoulish entities are universal. They are prominent in Arabic lore; the name is from the Arabic terms ghul (masculine) and ghula (feminine), which mean “Demon.” There are several types of ghouls in Arabic lore; the most feared is a female type that has the ability to appear as a normal, flesh-and-blood woman. Such a creature marries an unsuspecting man, who becomes her prey.
Ghouls are nocturnal creatures who inhabit graveyards, ruins, and other lonely places. Sometimes they are described as dead humans who sleep for long periods in secret graves, then awake, rise, and feast on both the living and the dead. Ghouls also personify the unknown terrors held by the desert and may be compared to the Lamiae and Lilith night terror and childbirth Demons.

The Encyclopedia of Demons and Demonology – Written by Rosemary Ellen Guiley -a leading expert on the paranormal – Copyright © 2009 by Visionary Living, Inc.

Ghoul

Also known as: Ghool; Ghul; Feminine: Ghula

Ghouls are a lower order of extremely malicious Djinn. They are murderous, treacherous, voracious spirits who will kill and devour humans, and not in the potentially good shamanistic way that serves as initiation. Ghouls are just killers. They are classified as cannibals because of their preference for human flesh.

Ghouls may first have appeared in Egypt or Arabia. They existed long before Islam but now appear throughout the Islamic world, sometimes far from their original territory. Ancient Arabic legends suggest that ghouls took the form of beautiful, shapely women in order to lure travelers. Ghouls haunt burial grounds and cemeteries, where they feed upon cadavers. They linger amid ruins, isolated areas, and in the desert wilderness.

In modern Egypt, the word ghoul may indicate any kind of bloodthirsty cannibal, not necessarily a spirit being.

Manifestation: Ghouls sometimes manifest as animals and often as “monsters”; they are shape-shifters who will choose their form based on whatever is most likely to entrap victims. Moroccan ghouls frequently appear as hairy giant women with pendulous breasts and goat’s feet. They can transform into young beautiful women, too, when they wish.

See also: Afrit; Aisha Qandisha; Djinn

The Encyclopedia of Demons and Demonology – Written by Rosemary Ellen Guiley -a leading expert on the paranormal – Copyright © 2009 by Visionary Living, Inc.

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