Pairikas is in Persian lore and Zoroastrianism, a class of DAEVA or Demon of beautiful seductresses who have the power to bewitch in malevolent ways. The Pairikas exert their baleful influences on the elements, cattle, and all vegetation. Ahriman uses them to bewitch the stars in order to prevent rain and cause bad harvests, famine, and sterility. They also cause meteor showers.

The Encyclopedia of Demons and Demonology – Written by Rosemary Ellen Guiley – Copyright © 2009 by Visionary Living, Inc.