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Vetalas In India, tales of vetalas, ghoul-like beings that inhabit corpses, are found in old...

Posted on Thursday, August 15, 2013
Jonathan Jones, MuldersWorld.com Editor
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Vetalas

In India, tales of vetalas, ghoul-like beings that inhabit corpses, are found in old Sanskrit folklore. Although most vetala legends have been compiled in the Baital Pachisi, a prominent story in the Kathasaritsagara tells of King Vikramaditya and his nightly quests to capture an elusive one. The vetala is described as an undead creature who, like the bat associated with modern day vampirism, hangs upside down on trees found on cremation grounds and cemeteries.

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