You’re probably not going to see these creations in horror films!


The Scariest Monsters of World Religions

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As psychologists assume, the main goal of any religions is, inter alia, creation of fear. And against that fear there is a remedy being proposed – religion itself. So, wherewith different religions “browbeat” its sinner? 


  • Dybbuk.


http://www.tabletmag.com/wp-content/files_mf/hoberman_dybbuk_082812_620px.jpgOne can get know about this evil spirit by looking into Ashkenazi Jewish folklore. Folklore is also a reflection of religious beliefs, often pagan beliefs. Dybbuk is a soul of a dead sinner that cannot separate itself from earthly existence by no means. This evil is exactly that, about whom one can say that it is in “active search”. But the notorious “second part” will not satisfy it, it needs totally all a person to dwell into him/her and, of course, to begin to misbehave. However, pious citizens are saved from getting the dybbuk; the evil dwells only in a person that made some sin. 
The concept of dybbuk is very similar to that of demons and spirits that used to expel the Catholic Church in the process of exorcism. The concept of dybbuk is also mentioned in Kabbalistic literature since XVII century. Dybbuk can be expelled by several members of Jewish community, who are dressed in funeral shirts. During that process, they burn fragrant substances, read prayers and blow a shofar (Jewish ritual wind instrument made from the horn of an animal).

  • Rakshasa.


https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/1/1c/Demon_Yakshagana.jpg They are demons-cannibals and evil spirits in Hinduism and Buddhism. According to ancient Indian epos “Ramayana”, Rakshasas came the feet of Brahma – the God of creating in Hinduism. In the similitude of the Rakshasas are born very sinful in a past life people, like murderers or robbers. Appearance of Rakshasas is often as terrible as its rotten nature: they are either four-foot hairy monsters or same unkempt people with uncombed hair and black, blue, yellow, or green faces. 

However, they can appear in any image: of a dog, a bird, a brother, a husband, or a lover. Some researchers assume that in Hindu mythology not all Rakshasas are equally evil, among them there are also harmless creatures. Usually these unpleasant creations desecrate graves, cause all sorts of troubles to Brahmans, and try to take over a child of a pregnant woman. They have poisonous nails, they eat human flesh, horse and rancid meat, and cow’s milk of course. Rakshasas dwell into a person, when he or she eats or drinks. When they got inside, they begin to bedevil a person by doing pain.

  • Abaddon.


http://41.media.tumblr.com/023bb67a6fb4223697640adfb21941a1/tumblr_mvjrf5Q7Jh1sk9qveo1_1280.jpgIn Jewish theology it is an angel of destruction and death. The word “Abaddon” in Hebrew means a place of destruction or simply translated as “destruction”. In rabbinic literature and in the Old Testament one of the hell’s area is called “Abaddon”. In the “Revelation” of John the Evangelist, Abaddon (that means a “slayer”) is clearly personified and is a master of the abyss that leads hordes of locusts.
 There he is called Apollyon, “the locusts were like horses prepared for a war, and on their heads were crowns like gold, their faces were like human, and hair like women’s hair, and their teeth were like those of lions; they had iron breastplates, and the sound of their wings sounded as knocks of chariots when lots of horses head to a war; they had tails as those of scorpions, and those tails had stings; their power was to harm people give months. Their king was the angel of abyss, his name in Hebrew is Abaddon, and his Greek name is Apollyon”.

  • Hundun.


This word in translation from Chinese literally means “prime darkness”. This ancient Chinese mythological creature of quite funny look is nothing else, but embodiment of undifferentiated chaos from which the universe was created. According to Taoist treatise of Zhou era “Chuang-Tzu” (III century B.C.), the story goes so: Hundun looked like a bag or an egg, did not have the face, neither seven holes of the sense organs (eyes, ears, nostrils, and mouth) and ruled in the center of the world. 
On both sides from him were stretched patrimonies of Gods of the South Sea Shu (Quick) and of the North Sea Hu (sudden). The Gods often visited Hundun, and he always welcomed the guests. However, once the lords of both seas decided to reward the master for his kindness. They reasoned that Hundun, like every living creature, must see, hear, and smell. That is why when they came to him next time, they took an ax and a drill with themselves, and for seven days they tried to drill seven holes in poor Hundun until he died. And from his body emerged the universe.
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