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The restless spirits of the

Added Wed, 19/02/2020
restless spirit

In the views of almost any mythology, there are the souls of people who for whatever reason are unable to leave this world. Typically, these consider the souls of people who died suddenly, very young, gone from this world tragically (often the death is violent, associated with wars, epidemics). Sometimes they are called "publicans" - i.e., the soul, which mytestou due to the fact that someone or something is holding (unfinished business, grief of loved ones, etc.).

They may be people in his usual human form and transform into different creatures, endowed with mystical properties. Sometimes they become spirits-keepers (e.g., cemeteries, treasure, etc.)

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Of abura-of somasi

In Japanese folklore, a creature that looks like a squat man with a large ugly head, like a potato or a stone. It is the restless spirits of thieves oil, which fled from persecution in the forest. Sometimes it appear out of thin air, but more often just make sounds, while remaining invisible.

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In the beliefs of the Eskimos of Alaska a vengeful spirit, left for dead a newborn baby, returning to drink the blood of their living relatives. He could turn into different wild animals in the face of which killed members of his family.

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In the folklore of the inhabitants of the Brittany Peninsula a harbinger of death. Usually they get the man who died in a particular settlement in the last year or, according to another version, the first to be buried in the local cemetery. It has the form of a tall gaunt man with long white hair and empty eyes, dressed in a black cloak and a black wide-brimmed hat. This person is lucky funeral carriage pulled by skeleton horses (or yellow skinny horse). Sometimes Anya takes the shape of the skeleton.


The owner of the forest in the Chuvash and Turkic mythology. Looks like a naked woman with hair to the ground and the body covered with hair (except genitals). She has huge eyes, Breasts hanging down (while walking she puts them on his shoulders). In some myths mention three hands, three legs and four eyes (two front and two rear). It can change shape from chelovecheskogo and animal to various objects (branches, the sheaf of hay, etc.) and summering between the branches of lights. Scares people a variety of shouts and laughter. Could attack and hurt.

The tank-kujira

Bake-kudzira,the Tank-kujira and the Medium-kudzira, these are all the names of creatures from Japanese mythology that looks like a ghostly skeleton of a whale. He swims next to fishing villages, accompanied by a strange, unprecedented and ugly fish and birds. His appearance portends mass death, fires, famine and so the youkai can curse any who saw him the fisherman who, in turn, infects the curse of his entire village.

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In Tungus mythology, the souls of people who died an unnatural death. Jealous of people who hunt for a living, lie in wait for them at the graves (where gnaw the bones of corpses), climb in at home and waiting for night to attack sleeping, sucking their blood or brain, eyes. Instilling in the person busie bring it to complete exhaustion.

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In Indian mythology, the undead, evil vampirelike spirit, traditionally depicted preying on people hanging upside down from branches of trees growing in cemeteries and the land where the dead are cremated. Will you dwell in the dead and force them to act like real people. Presumably, vetal arises from the soul of the deceased, which were not performed the necessary rituals.

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The Ghost of islandsthe folklore, after the death has left the world of the living because of passionate love to alcohol.

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In Korean mythology the evil spirits, the ghosts of people who died a violent death.

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In the beliefs of the Kostroma region the soul of the unburied bones. It protects the body until the body is interred. Broaching produces a howling sound.

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The Ghost of a demon that lived in the temple many centuries ago. He looks like a hideous demon in monastic attire, crawling on all fours.

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The hooks

In Japanese folklore, a form of restless spirits of the dead-Uraev, able to possess living people.

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In legends from the area around Honjo-JI temple (the-young, Niigata Prefecture) a Isono Gongora but, after winning in gambling, was killed and his spirit became a atmospheric Ghost light. On the nearby family farm, the appearance of such a light - a sign of impending rain, and peasants, who see him, in a hurry to pick up my dryers for rice.

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In Japanese mythology, the ghosts of ancient warriors or nobility (and members of the Imperial house), which died a horrible, painful death, and then returned to haunt their enemies.

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He's the Dipstick or Minic. In Poland, Germany and Lithuania, the so-called souls of the damned dishonest surveyors. The creature can take a variety of disguises from the bright lights, flying between herbs, to the people with glowing limbs or lantern in hand.

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In Chinese and Buddhist mythology, the spirit of the deceased, and later the General name for demons. GUI looks human, but has no chin, no shadows, suddenly has the ability to become invisible, turning into animals and man, to lure the unsuspecting traveller and kill him. In most cases, the GUI — the soul of the deceased a violent death or suicide.

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In Yomihon was a man who had made his capital initially from the sale of Josen (candy made from the juice of cooked Rehmannia Glutinosa) who was killed by the robber. Say that the seller was atmospheric Ghost fire floating around on rainy nights.

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Child of the red swamp

The Ghost of the contemporary Belarusian mythology, who lives in the area of the red swamp near Mozyr, Gomel region. It's a girl with eyes the color of muddy water, which invites a lost stranger a handful of wolf berries. Probably is fiction local writer known under the names of Andrew Gorbachuk and Ian Snegin.

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In Japanese mythology is the Ghost of a man who worked hard on the field until after his death, the new owner abandoned the fruits of his efforts. He appears in the night out of the mud like a humanoid figure with one eye and three fingers on hands. He wanders through the overgrown fields and piteously groaning "Give me back my rice field!".

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Creature from the folklore of the South Slavs. It is believed to be the soul of a dead person baby. It has a very thin and elongated spindle-shaped body with a disproportionately large head, but it can look like an animal (foretells the death of a pet) or child (foretells the death of a person). May make a bleating kid, crying child, mew, to cry as a bird. Usually appears in cemeteries, along roads or in the village. Considered a vampire. Sometimes I think that he is attacking livestock.


In Japanese folklore, the ghosts of dead warriors, embodied in geckos. They appear in abandoned, overgrown ruins, where they lost their lives attacking and chasing intruders.

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Icelandic ghosts

Bringing in Icelandic folklore are divided into several types:


In Muslim mythology, this kind of Genie or a fire elemental, which is the soul of someone who died a violent death (of every drop of blood of the slain occurs on Ifrit). Please note: this body is made of basalt, bronze, and molten lava. His figure, tall, radiates heat and glows a dark orange light. He can fly, generate fire, able to fulfill the desires and phantoms.

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Caleuche(Caleuche) this is a mythical Ghost ship from mythology and local folklore on the island of Chiloe, in Chile . This is one of the most important myths about the culture of Chile.

According to Chilean legend, it is a large Ghost ship that sails the seas around Chiloe (a small island off the coast of Chile) at night. 

According to one version, the ship is endowed with magical powers and has its own consciousness and mind. It became the permanent residence of the souls of all the dead in the sea.


The Ghost of a samurai who was killed hiding in the skin of a bull.

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In Russian and Belarusian mifologicheskie, character, predominantly female, living in a human dwelling and other structures that bring harm and trouble to the economy and people.

The creature was turned from the restless spirit of the deceased "wrong death" or could be magically sent to the house of ill-wishers (placing him in a magical object, often a doll, which then came to life).


In Portuguese folklore, being in the form of a dog, which are dead souls.

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Red hat

In the folklore of the British Isles, the Red cap or the Red cap is a humanoid creature of small stature, a male, living in the ancient towers and castles in which the crimes were committed. It is believed to be the restless spirit that loves to tint his cap in human blood. According to another version is a good spirit, which brings good luck.

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Lace Jean

A Ghost, appearing at village Allanbank (Berwickshire, Scotland). It is described as a bloody ghostly figure of a woman in a lace dress.


In the mythology of the Komi Republic Kulma or kulama is dead, but continues the posthumous existence of man.

While in the world of the living, he has supernatural qualities and is for live the guardian spirit ("parent"), or evil spirit, if he died a natural death ("zaloznyy dead").

La Llorona

Creature from Mexican folklore. Presumably appeared as a retelling of the Greek myth of Medea (according to legend, she drowned her own children in order to take revenge on her husband, then committed suicide). This restless spirit wandering the earth, crying "Ay, mis hijos!" ("Oh, my children!"). Mexican mothers are afraid of this Ghost children: "you're out after sunset by the river — take and drown La Llorona!".

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The flying Dutchman

Sailing Ghost ship that can't hit the beach and doomed to sail the sea. Usually people see such a ship from afar, sometimes surrounded by a glowing halo. According to legend, when the "flying Dutchman" meets another ship, his team is trying to convey on shore the message to people who are no longer alive. In marine beliefs meeting with him was considered a bad omen.

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The parasite

A creature from ancient Roman mythology, the soul (spirit) of the deceased evil (according to other sources, any nepoluchitsya proper burial) of the person who brings alive misery and death. She wanders at night and sends people crazy. Her breath is poisonous. It is believed that such a soul is able to "possess" women, and then they become walking and slutty.

Some European occultists claim that "the parasite" is a kind of disembodied "spirit parasite." It's a bad desire, not made, but acquired the astral form, and became a separate entity that gradually becomes pseudoindependent.


In the Indian folklore a horrible evil spirit species, inhabiting the place of burning corpses. It becomes the spirit of a deceased child, who in life attracted the kind of death, murder or torture. They usually hunt at night or day in the shade, preferring children or women.

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In Japanese mythology it is giant mounds of skulls and severed heads that look on people. They begin as masses of individual skulls, which in the end they stick together and form a massive mound in the shape of a skull. Macoraba known only to those that do one thing: look at people. If you win the competition in the "peepers", the skull will disappear without a trace.

Its origin began in the history of the warlord Taira no Kiyomori (Taira no Kiyomori). He meets the creature in his garden.


Gnome-inhabitant of the forests of Finnish mythology. Initially, they believed the spirits of the dead but of the folklore about them has changed over time. In modern folklore, the word usually used to refer to goblins, hobgoblins and dwarves .

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A kind of vampire in Romanian mythology. A female Moroi is called moroaica. It's the Ghost of a dead person left the grave. The Moroi are living vampires, whereas Strigoi — vampires risen from the dead. Someone can call and a simple Ghost.

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Of moulleau

In ciganskom folklore "of moulleau" (mull). do you mean "dead dead", but the same word is called and the "living dead." The restless dead may be the result of the murder, and failure to comply with burial rites. In the first case of moulleau must hunt down his killer and get revenge, and only after that he can calm down. In the second case, the Ghost is near his body and asks passers-by to bury him and/or tell relatives about his death. He may have supernatural abilities: flight, powers, etc. the walking dead (ghoul) may also be a vampire.


In the folklore of the Faroe Islands Sodagreen regarded as the spirit of a person or child is often the child of the murdered mother. The size does not exceed a newborn child, rounded, dark brown in color and moves on all fours. A harbinger of death, if it runs between your legs.

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In Japanese mythology, dressed in rags, a skinny Ghost of a monk who wanders at night among the ruins of abandoned temples, ringing bells.

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In the legends of the island mass Media in the Prefecture Ehime Prefecture has a character, which they say that this spiritual fire of the deceased person. In the village of Miyakubo the same Prefecture (Imabari now ) they are known as atmospheric Ghost lights that appear over the sea or on the graves.

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In Japanese folklore, a Ghost of a maid, unjustly accused of stealing plates of expensive China. She comes in and counts out loud cymbals. The. who will hear this account should soon die. After she says "nine," emits a terrifying scream, and begins to count again.

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According to Japanese folklore, this mysterious insect, which supposedly was reborn spirit of the innocent dead girl, drowned in the well.

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Mystical a DoppelgangeR of the man of the mythology of the peoples of the Komi Republic. It appears from the first seconds of a baby's life and accompanies him till death, being always outside the human body. To see him could only outsiders, but not the man himself.


In the area of Nobeoka (Miyazaki Prefecture) was described atmospheric Ghost lights. On a rainy night in the pond, known as pond Mizuma (Misumaike), there are two fireball. It was said that the woman lent osa (a guide for yarn on a loom) to the other woman, but when she returned to pick it up they had a fight and fell into the pond. They turned into atmospheric Ghost fire. Legend has it that misfortune happens to everyone who sees this fire.

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The ghosts of Bobowicko of the castle in Silesian Voivodeship, Poland that look like rabbits with a girlish faces.

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Pogostick or the Owner of the cemetery there is this creature in different mythologies under various names. The Slavs called him Father Girl, bones Bone, of Hozyayushka, the King of the Cemetery, the old Man, the owner of the Churchyard, etc., Sometimes think that this creature is female. It depends on the version of origin, which adheres to the people.

There are several opinions about its origin. Some believe that he is the first dead man who is buried in this cemetery, and someone,the hours he is the personification of all the dead who are buried in it.


In Polish mythology small a malicious demon, who becomes deceased before birth or before baptism the baby. It's a little reminiscent of a fledgling chick, which is solely to harm pregnant women and new mothers by sucking their blood.

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The soul or spirit of a deceased person, manifested in visible form or other in real life (invisible and intangible sense of presence to an almost realistic observations).

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The Ghost Of Catalina Lercaro

The Ghost girl of Italian-Canarian origin, who did not want to marry the old man and crashed jumping into a well. The body was buried in one of the rooms of the mansion, statehouse. It is said that her restless spirit wanders the halls of the Museum of history of Tenerife. The Museum staff say that they heard strange voices and repeating the steps on the top floor of the building.

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Shining boy

Shining boy or kindermorderinn is mostly found in Germany. He is the Ghost of a child who was killed by their own mother. Such restless spirits are harbingers of disaster and death. Usually they look like glowing naked little boys or (much less frequently) girls. Light can be different colors.

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The sluagh.

Dead army in the Scottish and Irish folklore. These restless spirits soar in the clouds, continuing to fight. You can hear their shouts and clang of weapons.

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In the legends of Swire (Odachi, Hachinohe, Aomori Prefecture), a beautiful girl named Kanko received many proposals for marriage but refused them all, as she liked someone else. One of her suitors buried her alive in the river Niida, and it turned into a atmospheric Ghost light that is able to fly. When there was later built a cement plant, was added a small temple of Kanko.

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In Swedish folklore the ghosts of the dead-the souls of sailors who died in a shipwreck. It is believed that during a storm you can hear the thousands roar.

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In the folklore of the Philippines, vampirelike demon, turning into a newborn baby, crying in the jungle to attract travelers.

Usually he looks like an old dwarf with a wrinkled skin, a long beard and mustache, a flat nose and eyes the size of a large coin. It becomes an unborn child killed as a result of aborted pregnancies or nenalezeny or (after the arrival of Christianity in the Philippines) who died before baptism, or whose mother died before giving birth and was buried, which caused him "to be born in the land."

Able to fly over the forest, turning into a black bird.


A creature created by the shaman of the mythology of the Greenland Inuit. The Greenlandic eskimo language, the word "tupilaq" means soul or spirit of a deceased person. In Greenlandic eskimo mythology it was endowed with life doll from dead flesh.

Iglikov he was considered invisible spirit of a recently deceased person deprived of rest because of a violation of any taboo, who was only capable shaman.


In Japanese mythology, the restless spirit, transformed after death in a ghostly woodpecker, who tried to destroy Buddhist temples.

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Of tesso

According to Japanese legend, a vengeful spirit of a Buddhist priest, embodied in the iron rat.

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In Japanese mythology, the Ghost of a woman who died in childbirth. The Ghost can appear differently: as a woman with a baby, a pregnant woman or as blood-soaked walking corpse carrying an underdeveloped fetus. Sometimes, it just appears as a naked pregnant woman, terrible and bloody.

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In Finland and Scandinavian countries there is a belief about the evil spirit of a baby killed or abandoned to die mother. Also called Muhling.


It's a creature from Japanese folklore. It appears most often in rivers and looks like a little flame in the form of a bird on fire or glow. The translation of the name literally means "pointless fire". It is believed that this restless spirit whose body was buried without the observance of rituals.

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Restless spirit, the Ghost school toilets of Japan. It is believed that this girl who died during an air RAID at school, when she and her friends played hide and seek or the restless spirit of a young girl who was killed by the father of the perpetrator or any other Manka psychopath that found her hiding in the toilet.

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Spirits from Japanese folklore. "Heterogamy" (Hidarugami) roughly translates as "the hunger gods". Depending on the region heterogamy can call the words "hydrotime" or "Darsi" or "gift", but the behavior they have one and the same.

It is believed to be the souls of those who died of starvation, lost in the mountains, and whose body was never found. They wander in search of someone to share my agony of eternal hunger.


In Japanese folklore, the souls of the newly dead, which take the form of the mysterious lights. They are also known as onibi (demonic lights").

It is assumed that these lights are crashing pale blue or green spheres with long tails. Usually tell that hitodama appears in the summer, near the cemeteries, dark forests, or near a dying person, as a manifestation of the soul leaving the body (although some say they saw these lights just before the birth of a child).

The medium-Onna

In Japanese mythology, the Ghost of a woman in love, suck the life force from her lover.

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In Belarusian folklore, the last of a number buried in the cemetery, acting as the protector of the village before he died. Can be considered a harbinger of death, while struggling to postpone it.

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Chov Yusa NIV

In Komi-Zyryan tradition, a woman who drowned herself with long hair sitting in the moonlight on the branches of pine trees. She continuously spun, if in the night the moon was closed by clouds, the girl shrilly whistled and shouted: "White, light!" Then the clouds immediately parted.

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In Indian folklore, is a spirit of a woman who died during pregnancy or shortly after birth. He becomes a vampire who lies in wait for lonely travelers. Usually these spirits look like beasts with a huge head and sticking out in all directions hair, but able to assume the form of beautiful women to lure men.

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Black climber

A mythical entity or a Ghost from the folklore of the mountaineers of the countries of the former USSR.

According to legend, the black climber was once a living person, but died in mountains in mysterious circumstances, and now roams the mountains, sometimes meeting with the climbers and engage them in contact. Described as a human figure with an indistinguishable face underneath a black mask or just a very dark, black clothes.

Yurt mort

The dead spirit in the form of a headless man in the mythology of the peoples of the Komi Republic. He appears at night, looking for his head on R. Mityureva (where "mort" is "person", "Yur"- "head", "VA", "the river"), the left tributary of R. Ilic flowing into the Pechora.

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