A Ghost (sometimes commonly known as a Spirit or a Soul) is the spirit of a deceased individual who haunts the area of their death, normally as the result of a violent or untimely death.

Overview

Ghosts are usually considered frightening but otherwise harmless, but there are numerous accounts of more violent encounters with ghosts in folklore. Some of the more extreme examples were found in phenomena that has now become known as Poltergeists' activity (though poltergeists are a different type of spirit from ghosts).

The idea of the dead rising from the grave is as old as death itself, and unlike the revenant or vampire, the ghost has always been considered a spiritual threat rather than a physical one, and they often haunt people or warn them of dangers. Sometimes, a ghost will seek revenge on those responsible for its demise or will try to force someone else into aiding it find rest.

Ghosts may occasionally become violent and cruel, though when a ghost becomes exceptionally dangerous, it is more accurately described as a type of demon, especially if it begins to possess the living. Although most ghosts take the form of humans, there are tales of ghostly animals and even more unusual sightings such as trains, cars or ships.

Notable Ghosts

Wild Hunts

The Wild Hunts (from an ancient European myth) are spectral group of hunters, horses and hounds, rampaging in violent pursuit across the sky and on the ground, or floating somewhere in between. Witnessing the Wild Hunt is thought to be an omen of death, war, plague, or other catastrophe. Occasionally the participants in the hunt are included to have faeries, gods, or ancient heroes, but traditionally wild hunters are strongly composed of the dead: lost souls, spirits, and ghosts.

Vetala

Vetala (from Hindu folklore) are spirits who tend to haunt places of burial and crypts; trapped between life and the afterlife, they can take possession of corpses and stir up all kinds of trouble for the living.

La Llorona

La Llorona (from Spanish and Mexican legends), also known as the "Weeping Woman", is a spirit who killed her own children by drowning in order to be with her lover, only to be rejected by him and driven mad, committed suicide. Constantly crying, La Llorona is cursed to search for her dead children in futility for eternity, sometimes attempting to steal living children.

Jima

Jima (from Amazonian folklore) are Feared specters by the Wari, an Amazonian rainforest tribe. Jima are known for grabbing their living victims with their incredibly strong and extremely poisonous hands, all the while attempting to tear the victim’s spirit away from body.

Vengeful Ghosts

The Vengful Ghosts are various spirits of dead people, which have returned from their afterlives because they want revenge for a incorrect death.

The history of these ghosts, go back into the ancient times. Plus, it is a part of various cultures and religions. The legends suggest that these ghosts are around the world, living as restless spirits, and that they wont be satisfied until they make their goals a reality in punishing their deaths or tormentors. They are mainly considered female. These type of ghosts have been featured in various movies, video-games, songs, cartoons and other type of medias.

List of Members

  • Lemures - Ghosts which didn't had a funeral or a burial.
  • Keres - Ghosts that had a cruel and brutal death.
  • The Green Lady - A British female spirit which haunts the UK because of her murdrer.
  • Dama Branca - A Brazilian female which died at birth, which is believed to haunt the Brazil.
  • Krause - Notable female-spirit which is notable for her appearance.
  • Mogwai - Demon from the Chinese mythology.

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Demonology Legends
The Devil | Demons | Fallen Angels
Abaddon | Abere | Abyzou | Andromalius | Angra Mainyu | Aka Manto | Apep | Asmodeus | Asuras | Antichrist | Baal | Banshee | Baphomet | Beelzebub | Beast | Behemoth | Behemoth the Elephant | Belphegor | Black Cats | Black Monk of Pontefract | Black Shuck | Black Volga | Bogeyman | Buer | Cerberus | Coco | Crom Cruach | Demiurge | Eight Feet Tall | El Charro Negro | Enma Daio | Erlik | Hellhounds | Iblis | Kali | Kelpie of Loch Ness | Kitsune | Kroni | Krampus | Lamia | Legion | Locusts of Abaddon | Mahishasura | Malsumis | Mammon | Mara | Mares | Mephistopheles | Moloch | Nure-Onna | Rakshasa | Ravana | Raven Mocker | Sack Man | Samael | Six Demons | Stolas | Succubi | Termagant | Unholy Trinity | The Watchers | Wa Nyudo | Whore of Babylon | Gargoyles
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Baphomet | Demon | Satan | Succubus

Gods & Spirits
Gods & Goddesses: Ares | Atë | Atlas | Camazotz | Damballa | Geb | Fomorians (Balor, Bres) | Hades | Hera | Jötunn (Ymir, Loki, Hela, Skoll and Hati, Fenrir, Jormungandr, Surtr, Hræsvelgr) | Kali | Kronos | Limos | Nun | Poseidon | Set | Titans | Xolotl | Zeus
Spirits: Dybbuk | El Silbón | Fetch | Hinnagami | La Llorona | La Sayona | La Viuda | Mackenzie Poltergeist | Myling | Poltergeists | Stingy Jack

Humans & Humanoids
Abhartach | Ajax the Lesser | Ame-onna | Bandits | Baron Samedi | Black Rock Witch | Blair Witch | Cain | Cassiopeia | Christie Cleek | Creon | Delilah | Draug | Doppelgangers | Goliath | Gomorrahites | Green Witch | Hags | Haman the Agagite | Hanako-San | Herod Antipas | Herod the Great | Herodias | Horsemen of the Apocalypse | Ixion | Jezebel | Judas Iscariot | King Ahab | King Arthur | Kuchisake-onna | Lilith | Lord William de Soulis | Louhi | Lucius Tiberius | Lycaon | Meg of Meldon | Morgan le Fay | Nanny Rutt | Pandarus | Paris | Phaedra | The Pharisees | Polyphemus | Rich Man | Romans | Santa Compaña | Saul | Sawney Bean | Shechem | Sodomites | Stingy Jack | Tamamo no Mae | Tantalus | Trauco | Tydeus | Umibōzu | Yallery Brown | Ysbaddaden | Dr. Victor Frankenstein | Frankenstein's Monster | Count Dracula | La Tunda | Davy Jones | Captain Nemo

Monsters, Animals & Anthropomorphic Beings
A-mi’-kuk | Akkorokamui | Averesboro Gallinipper | Aye-aye | Basilisk | Boneless | Cirein-cròin | Cockatrice | Devil Monkeys | Erymanthian Boar | Escornau | Fossa | Fouke Monster | Foxes | Giants of Voronezh | Golden Cicada | Groundhogs | Harpies | Hydra | Jackalopes | J'ba Fofi | Kappa | La Cegua | Lambton Worm | Leviathan | Madman Marz | Michigan Dogman | Mikari Baba | Mordred | Morgan le Fay | Onamazu | Otesánek | Paparrasolla | Pesanta | Redcaps (Robin Redcap) | River Mumma | Scylla | Stymphalian Birds | Tailypo | Tarasque | Trolls | Tsuchinoko | Veles | Wolves | Frankenstein's Monster | Count Dracula

Common Legends
Amanda the Doll | Black Goo | Bunnyman | Bye Bye Man | Candyman | China Doll | Clown Doll | Cropsy | Crying Boy | Cursed Dolls | Hairy-Armed Woman | Hatman | Homey the Clown | Hook Killer | John and Susan Buckley | Joliet the Haunted and Cursed Doll | Licking Maniac | Melon Heads | Men in Black | Mystery Killer | Nain Rouge | Nameless Thing of Berkeley Square | Old Man Try-By-Night | Peeping Tom | Rain Man | Robert the Doll | Paimon | Patasola | Skinned Tom | Teke Teke | The Killer In the Backseat | The Man Upstairs | La Tunda

Cryptids
Beast of Beckley | Beast of Gévaudan | Black Eyed Children | Black Stick Men | Bloop | Cherufe | Devil Monkeys | Emela-Ntouka | Dog-headed Men | Fallen Angels | Fear Liath | Flatwoods Monster | Goatman | Grafton Monster | Greys | Hoop Snake | Indrid Cold | Jackalopes | Jersey Devil | Kelpie of Loch Ness | Kongamato | Malawi Terror Beast | Mamlambo | Manananggal | Maricoxi | Mngwa | Momonjii | Nobusuma | Pope Lick Monster | Popobawa | Pukwudgies | Reptoids | Roc | Ropen | Salawa | Sea-Serpents | Shadow People | Sheepsquatch | Slide-Rock Bolter | Snallygaster | Spring Heeled Jack | Tanuki | Thunderbird | Two-Toed Tom | Water Horses | White-Eyed Children | Yowie | Ghosts

Modern Legends
Charlie | Bloody Mary | Bloody Mary (Halloween Horror Nights) | Ghost (Johnny, I Want My Liver Back) | Ghost Bus of Highway 93 | Ghost Cars | Ghost Trains | Momo | Orie Chef | Aliens (AC) | Martinez Dog Demon | The Spirit of Dark and Lonely Water | Crisis

Possessed Objects
Coffin on Wheels | Ghost Trains | Black Volga | Robert the Doll | Joliet the Haunted and Cursed Doll | China Doll | Amanda the Doll | Clown Doll | Gargoyles

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