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  1. churelnoun

    In Hindu folklore, the ghost of a low-chaste woman who died during childbirth or menstruation


  1. Churel

    The Churel, also spelled as Charail, Churreyl, Chudail, Chudel, Chuṛail, Cuḍail or Cuḍel (Hindi: चुड़ैल, Urdu: چڑیل) is a mythical or legendary creature resembling a woman, which may be a demoniacal revenant said to occur in South Asia and Southeast Asia, particularly popular in India, Bangladesh, Nepal and Pakistan. The churel is typically described as "the ghost of an unpurified living thing", but because she is often said to latch on to trees, she is also called a tree-spirit. According to some legends, a woman who dies during childbirth or pregnancy or from suffering at the hands of her in-laws will come back as a revenant churel for revenge, particularly targeting the males in her family. The churel is mostly described as extremely ugly and hideous but is able to shape-shift and disguise herself as a beautiful woman to lure men into the woods or mountains where she either kills them or sucks up their life-force or virility, turning them into old men. Their feet are believed to be turned the other way around, so the toes face the direction of their back. There are many folk remedies and folkloric sayings that elaborate on how to get rid of revenant and ghostly churels, and a number measures that supposedly prevent churels from coming to life. The family of a woman who dies a traumatic, tragic, or unnatural death might perform special rituals fearing that the victimised woman might return as a churel. The corpses of suspected churels are also buried in a particular method and posture so as to prevent her from returning. The churel is known as the Pichal Peri in the Punjab region of India and Pakistan, Petni/Shakchunni in the Bengal region, and Pontianak in Malaysia and Indonesia. The word "churel" is also often used colloquially or mistakenly for a witch in India and Pakistan. She has also remained prevalent in modern-day literature, cinema, television, and radio and many references to her activities and is still sighted in rural regions in South-East Asia.


  1. churel

    Churel is a supernatural female creature or spirit commonly found in South Asian folklore and mythology, particularly in India and Pakistan. It is believed to be the ghost of a woman who died during or after childbirth, often due to social stigmatization or mistreatment. Churel is depicted as an entity with disheveled hair, grey or dark complexion, and sometimes with backwards-facing feet. It is believed to roam the night, seeking revenge on those who have wronged women or children. Churels are often associated with black magic, haunting forests or graveyards, and seducing men to fulfill their vengeance.


  1. Churel

    A churel, also spelled as churail, chudail or chudel is a female ghost of Indian folklore, well-known in North India and Pakistan. The word "churel" is also used colloquially for a witch. Women who die in childbirth or pregnancy due to the negligence of her relatives are often described turning into churels, who return to seek their vendetta and suck the blood of their male relatives. The churel is described to have a hideous and terrible appearance, however she appears in the devious disguise of a youthful, beautiful maiden to lure young men. She drains their blood, semen, and virility, transforming them into aged men. She dwells and prowls in places associated with death and filth. Various precautions are advised to avoid a churel. The best solution is to prevent the creation of a churel. Special rites and rituals are performed in the burial of any woman who is likely to become a churel. The corpse may be bound or protective nails or structures used to restrict the would-be churel to her burial grounds. Measures are undertaken so that at least the churel does not find her way back to her house to torment her family.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of churel in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of churel in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

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    worthy of reliance or trust
    • A. reassuring
    • B. hatched
    • C. dependable
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