Types of Ghosts in Assamese culture

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Having been a tireless listener of ghost stories, I have begged, bribed and blackmailed people into telling me scary tales since I was old enough to know what a story was and my reward was the most strange tales, unique to Assam.

For those who might not know, Assam is one of the 'Seven Sister States' of north eastern India and has an interesting collection of folklore concerning ghosts.

Of course these might differ slightly from region to region but the following are the most common and well known types of ghosts and creatures that are
found in the stories.

1) Bura Dangoria(the old one)
A holy spirit dressed in white clothes and a white turban, sometimes seen on a white horse who guards Namghars, the community places of worship where the sacred Bhagvat Gita is kept.

2) Baak
A malevolent ugly creature that sometimes kills a person and takes on the corpse' s appearance.Often said to be found near isolated ponds and lakes.

3)Ghoda Paak
Has the hooves of a horse, but is otherwise human. Some stories show it as helpful, while others call it so deadly that you die when it looks at you.

4)Bira (Poltergeist)
Like all poltergeists in the rest of the world. Usually said to be set lose on a family by an enemy.

5)Ghost in the bamboo grove
This one is supposed to bend down a bamboo on your way and if you try to go over it, it'll snap back the bamboo and kill you.

6) Jokhini
A female demon like creature that often tries to lure males and kill them.

7) Bordoisila(the storm goddess)
She's the storm in April who throws a tantrum because she has to return to her husband's house after visiting her mother for the Assamese new year which is around that time. :)

8) Puwali Bhoot(tiny ghosts)
These are mischiveous ghosts the size of small chilren who steal rice and sweets from the kitchen :D

There are the usual ghosts too,that possess ,haunt and and spook out people in general.
Oh well, these are all I can remember now. Will put up more if I remember.
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