#atozchallenge – V is for Vetala, between life and death

 

Existing between worlds, bringing madness and death.

Vetala are spirits in Hindu folklore who inhabit corpses, using them as vehicles to wander about and attack the living. They cause madness in those who encounter them, and sometimes kill the weak and young. Some brave living souls try to capture Vetala – as beings existing between worlds and outside of physical laws, they know much of the past, present, and future. Most people, however, are smart enough not to try such a foolhardy act, and instead ward off the Vetala with prayer and chants.

Sources:

Image – Vetala by zurrak on DeviantArt

http://knowledgebibliotheque.blogspot.kr/2013/04/supernatural-beings-in-india.html

http://nicolezoltack.blogspot.com/2011/11/creature-of-week-vetala.html

http://veryoddthings.tumblr.com/post/52390736447/the-woman-in-white-vetala-in-hindu-folklore