Bhuta In Hindu mythology, a ghost, imp, or goblin. Bhutas are malignant and haunt crematoria, lurk in trees, animate dead bodies, and delude and devour humans. According to the Vishnu Purana, a text in honor of the god Vishnu, they are “fierce beings and eaters of flesh” who were created when the Creator was angry. In another text their mother is said to have been Krodha (anger). The Bhutas are attendants on the god Shiva, their lord. The term Bhutesa (lord of beings; lord of created things) is applied to the gods Vishnu, Brahma, and Krishna (an incarnation of Vishnu).
From the Encyclopedia of World Mythology and Legend, Third Edition – Written by Anthony S. Mercatante & James R. Dow– Copyright © 2009 by Anthony S. Mercatante
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