A churel is in India, the evil ghost of a woman who died in childbirth or ceremonial impurity. Originally, churels were ghosts of low-caste persons, whose corpses were buried face down to prevent the ghosts from escaping. Churels have reversed feet and no mouths. They haunt squalid places. In the shape of a beautiful young woman, they ensnare young men and hold them captive until they are old. Areas believed to be haunted by churels are given exorcisms.



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

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