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Pi┼Ťachas

PISACHAS (mas.), PISACHI (fem.). [Source: Dowson's Classical Dictionary of Hindu Mythology] Fiends, evil spirits, placed by the Vedas as lower than Rakshasas. The vilest and most malignant order of malevolent beings. Accounts differ as to their origin. The Brahmana and the Mahabharata say that they were created by Brahma, together with the Asuras and Rakshasas, from the stray drops of water which fell apart from the drops out of which gods, men, gandharvas, etc., had been produced. According to Manu they sprang from from the Prajapatis. In the Puranas they are represented as the offspring of Kasyapa by his wife Krodhavasa, or Pisacha, or Kapisa.


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