Vetala

The vetalais an evil spirit in Indian folklore who haunts cemeteries and reanimates corpses. The vetala is Demonic in appearance, with a human body the hands and feet of which are turned backward.

The vetala is said to live in stones scattered about the hills; in Decca, they are guardians of villages and live in red-painted stones. When not reanimating corpses, the vetala loves to play tricks on the living.

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

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