MBA at psulias.psu.edu
Mon Dec 20 11:19:28 EST 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? Has anyone heard stories from informants
who talk about experiences with the churel?
I realize this is not the usual talk of fonts and things but I
thought someone out there might have interests as warped as my own and
might be able to help.
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