Indian Version of the Werewolf, the ' Chaleda'

M G Singh By M G Singh, 30th Nov 2013 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL
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The Chaleda is an evil spirit that is condemned to roan the world for crimes that it has committed as a human. It has the abiltiy to change its shape.

An Evil Spirit from North India

Most Americans understand what a Werewolf is. It is a lycanthrope ; a mythological creature almost a man who has the ability to change his appearance to a wolf. All werewolf’s are associated with evil.
In India there is no belief of a werewolf, but a somewhat similar character is part of ancient folklore in the North of India, in particular the hill state of Himachal Pradesh. It is popularly called a "Chaleda". This is an evil spirit that has not been able to gain entry into the spirit world fr some heinous crime like rape and murder of a young girl.
The Chaleda
The Chaleda is condemned to roam the earth and has the ability to change his shape and appear in any form before a human. A Chaleda could change itself into a black cat, a beautiful and sexy woman or a child. I all such cases the Chaleda will try and frighten the human wit the aim to ultimately kill him.
The villages in Himachal Pradesh are far flung and the paths connecting them pass through the forests. In these mountain trails there are tens of incidents of travellers being accosted b ya Chaleda. In some cases the chaleda will sit in the path as a black cat or even a lovely woman. Most villagers will swear on oath that the Chaleda is a reality and a fact. But many do not believe it, as no scientific evidence is available. It’s more like the myth of the werewolf.
Tales of the Chaleda
Incidentally folk lore regarding the Chaleda is confined to the desolate areas of Himachal Pradesh and other parts of India have not heard of the Chaleda. All the same tales of the Chaleda make interesting reading and listening. One is not sure about a chaleda and perhaps some research in this field is called for.


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author avatar cnwriter..carolina
30th Nov 2013 (#)

wow Madan...and here I am watching the Brad Stoker Vampire movie....

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author avatar M G Singh
2nd Dec 2013 (#)

Thanks Carolina. Bram Stoker is one of my favorites

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author avatar Randhir Bechoo
1st Dec 2013 (#)

Interesting share,Madan G Singh.I do believe that evil exists.Chaleda or one similar to it affected someone I know.It took human form when he was at the beach and started to talk to him.Thereafter for weeks and months this person behaviour was very disturbed.Wasting no time,a hindu spiritual person who was endowned with the power of the Great Bhairav or Mudiaveeran or Dee Baba was called to release him from the evil.It did have claw like feet similar to animals.

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author avatar M G Singh
2nd Dec 2013 (#)

Very Interesting Randhir. You must write about it.

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author avatar Ptrikha
2nd Dec 2013 (#)

Perhaps such isolated areas make for more such cases. I too have heard of bizzare incidents in Himachal Pradesh, and possibly Uttarakhand.

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author avatar M G Singh
2nd Dec 2013 (#)

Thanks Ptrikha. Will check it

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author avatar Fern Mc Costigan
7th Dec 2013 (#)

Interesting post

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author avatar M G Singh
17th Dec 2013 (#)

Thanks Fern

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