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Origin of Pishaach - Grand children of Daksh. Pishaach are flesh-eating
demons, according to Hindu mythology. Their origin is obscure, although
some believe that they were created by Brahmaa. Another legend describes
them as the sons of either Krodh (a Sanskrit word meaning anger) or of
Daksh's daughter Pishaach. They have been described to have a dark
complexion with bulging veins and protruding, red eyes.
Power to assume different forms - Pishaach have the power to assume different forms at will, and may also become invisible. Sometimes, they possess human beings, and the victims are afflicted with a variety of maladies and abnormalities like insanity.
Curing a person afflicted with Pishaach - Certain Mantras are supposed
to cure such afflicted persons, and drive away the Pishaach, which may
possess that particular human being. In order to keep the Pishaach away,
they are given their share of offerings during certain religious
functions and festivals.
Created by Sushma Gupta on 3/15/06
Updated on 06/09/11