malevolent dead

rcohen at rcohen at
Tue Dec 21 15:45:14 UTC 1993

> >I am working with someone on a project concerning monsters and 
> >malevolent spirits, etc.  During my studies of this wholesome topic over 
> >the years I have seen references to the churel--the spirit of a woman who 
> >has died in childbirth or as a result of some other polluting event.  Some 
> >sources say that the churel has her feet on backwards, a motif I think I 
> >have encountered in the folklore of other cultures. Does anyone know the 
> >significance of this anatomical oddity other than the obvious fact the 
> >footprints would be misleading?
>  I have seen miniature paintings from Kangra or other Pahari kalams
depicting the malevolent being you refer to, with the reversed feet. Could
there be a Himalayan connection, or should we consider the phenomenon
generally Indic?

Richard J. Cohen, Assistant Director, South Asia Regional Studies
University of Pennsylvania, 820 Williams Hall, Univ. of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, PA 19104-6305, Tel: 215-898-7475; Fax: 215-573-2138
E-mail: rcohen at

> From KHARE at 22 93 Dec EST 15:39:00
Date: 22 Dec 93 15:39:00 EST
From: Jitendra Khare <KHARE at>
Subject: RE: Oriya fonts

Does anybody know where I can get DEVNAGARI FONTS?


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