Black and white, good and bad – such duality is inherent in almost any philosophical doctrine and certainly of any religion. In religious teachings of different countries and epochs, there is always how to reward a person who obediently obeyed all the prescriptions and, of course, there will always be another side of the medal that will necessarily punish the “bad” person, thereby making the path choice more obvious. As a rule, the deterrent is various places where anyone can fall and suffer. But there are always live objects, monsters that will necessarily meet with you, if necessary. The list of such monsters will be discussed below.
1. The Dybbuk
The Ashkenazi folklore of the Jews tells us about certain dibbukas, which in turn are nothing but the spirits of sinful people, that even after death they remain on earth, for they are kept by bad deeds and atrocities committed by them during their lifetime. There are such creatures in Christianity, there are demons and demons as well as dibbuki, they are able to get into people. In the same Christianity, the rite of exorcism is the way to drive out the evil spirit. But the dibbukas are only planted in people who commit sins, which means that you will be righteous – and dibbukas are not afraid of you.
Well-known Goliath of Bible stories was not a small man, but the book also includes talk about the so-called nefilim (giants), a descendant of which Goliath may have been. Thus, the Bible mentions a whole race of giants. Priests cannot agree on the origin of these creatures. But there are two main opinions, one of which says that Nephilim originate from Cain, the second tells us about the connection of angels and earthly women, whose children they are. Anyway, meeting with these huge and ferocious creatures does not bode well.
This time we are faced with beings that are inherent in several religious movements, namely Hinduism, Sikhism and Buddhism. The original approach to explaining the nature of the malice of the prets is that “hungry spirits,” as they are also called, do not suffer as a result of their own sins, but are simply the result of an exaggerated karma that has deteriorated as a result of previous incarnations. Given the characteristics of their behavior, wild insatiability, prets are depicted as creatures with a huge belly and a very thin neck. Relatives of the deceased must correct the karma preta, with the help of a special ritual, otherwise it may be perverted into an even more evil bhutu.
Buddhism is full of interesting creatures, and here is one more of them. For greater clarity, it is better to resort again to comparing these creatures with the creatures of Western religions, which are clearly closer to us. So, in the western religions, the demons are not only stupid and primitive, they also come to earth or are introduced into people with a very specific purpose (torture, killing, or knocking them out of the way). Rakshasas, however, have a very wide range of “powers” and opportunities. These creatures can be modified in every possible way: their own size, beauty, appearance, all this can be changed by them. But there are a couple of things that remain constant – they have claws and feed on people. Rakshasa – demon-cannibalism comes from Buddhism.
5. The Jiins
Islam endowed these creatures with the same free will as humans. This indicates the importance of these beings, for no one and nothing has freer will in Islam. When it comes to gins, they say that they live in a world parallel to ours and lead a very similar way of life to the human. Love, family and other joys of life such as gambling (click here to see some video slots the gins would never even dream of trying) and other hobbies are known to them and just like people, they will stand before the judgment of Allah after death. The similarity is also in the fact that genies cannot believe in the existence of the Supreme. Gins are divided into different species and, of course, there are vicious and cruel among them. Efreet – huge feces of hell, endowed with wings that live, of course, underground. Also these monsters serve the Islamic analogue of Satan – Iblis.
Hinduism often uses the word “awaddon” in its writings, which means destruction. In Christianity there is a personified embodiment of this term – the angel of death, destruction and extermination. “Destroyer” and “King of Locusts” – these names are also true for him, in view of what he has done. No one is born evil, and Abaddon used to be the angel Muriel, who picked up the dust left after the creation of God by Adam. There is a version that his main mission was to look after Satan in the underworld. After a while, the texts began to portray Abaddon as an evil demon sitting on a larval throne and administering an entire army of locusts that demolishes everyone and everything except the righteous.
Perhaps the pinnacle of the abominations of the eastern demons, nastier even than the Rakshasas, is pishachi. Small creatures that are more like humanoids have black skin, very prominent veins and red eyes. In essence, this is again the disfigured spirit of a person who committed a crime during life, murder, rape etc. Their main occupation is walking through cemeteries and places of execution, but what is sadder, it is the actions of the pishacha that explain the unexpected pregnancy.
8. Azi Dahaka
Once there was a fairly widespread religion Zoroastrianism, but now this next variation of religion has survived only in India, Iran, Pakistan. Part of the Iranian folklore was Azi Dahaka, who, according to the scriptures, knew all possible sins and bleeds with rats and snakes. Dahaka himself looks like a huge creature with three heads and six eyes. Also Dahaka has a specific purpose during the apocalypse. On the eve of this terrible event, he will devour all animals and a third of all people.
Who would have thought, but in the eastern religions there is a demon that produces light corpses that are painfully reminiscent of the mythology of Central America, namely zombies. Vetale is a demon who only deals with the corpses of people that cease to decompose, but instead get on their feet, after introducing them into this demon. Eastern zombies are relatively harmless and do not devour people. The main purpose of these creatures is to frighten and terrify ordinary people.
Nothing more than the embodiment of chaos in Chinese popular beliefs. Evil deity, everywhere looking for evil and avoiding good. His appearance was not very ordinary, if you believe Chinese scriptures. This is a formless and absolutely one-piece living bag. Being an ugly being, caused irritation and concern for the gods Hu and Shu, who decided to drill into Hundun holes for the eyes, mouth and nose, but the attempt was not successful and the personification of chaos, soon died.
And again, the Chinese mythology “throws” us an evil monster, this time and at all unusual and even with its history. Xing Tian was a great and mighty warrior and served the emperor Yang, but after Ian fiasco from the Yellow Emperor, the mighty warrior had the unwillingness to wish to avenge his ruler. As a result of the duel of Xing Tian and the Yellow Emperor, the first was beheaded, and his head was hidden by the emperor deep in the mountains. Xing’s body came to life and struggled to find the head, but this was not destined to happen and then he left the situation, disfiguring himself. His eyes served as a nipple, and the navel was in place of the mouth. And in this form, Xing Tian became a monster, rebelling against all sorts of gods.