Author Topic: anyone know where ghouls come from?  (Read 3415 times)

Demonomania
  • Monstrous Imp
  • *
  • Posts: 11
  • Karma: +0/-0
anyone know where ghouls come from?
« on: May 24, 2006, 04:59:15 PM »
hey i've been trying to figure this out...i thought they were hellspawn but a lot of talk is that they are actually humans who drank vampires blood or people who failed to become full vampires when they died..i dont think thats right either though. i gotta figure this out.

The_Seeker

  • Realized Monster
  • *******
  • Posts: 550
  • Karma: +27/-28
Re: anyone know where ghouls come from?
« Reply #1 on: May 24, 2006, 06:59:46 PM »
Well, if you're talking about the traditional ghoul you're far off.

Quote
Ghoul
by Micha F. Lindemans
In Muslim folklore, the ghoul is a demon of the desert that is able to assume the shape of an animal. It is an evil spirit that robs graves and feeds on the flesh of the dead or on young children. They inhabit lonely places, especially graveyards. They also lure travelers into the desert, sometimes beguiling those traveles by prostituting themselves, and then devouring them. The Arabic ghoul of the wasteland seems to be a personification of the terror of the desert.


Also, apparaently the word ghoul comes from an Arabic term for "the grabber".

Hope this helps.

Dark Lord M
  • Guest
Re: anyone know where ghouls come from?
« Reply #2 on: May 25, 2006, 01:11:41 PM »
Always thought of the ghoul as being a europian beast, guess I was wrong. I'll go look for some info on ghouls and modify this post latter.

editted

linky
« Last Edit: May 25, 2006, 01:14:29 PM by Dark Lord M »

The_Seeker

  • Realized Monster
  • *******
  • Posts: 550
  • Karma: +27/-28
Re: anyone know where ghouls come from?
« Reply #3 on: May 25, 2006, 01:54:19 PM »
Ah the scourge of those who try to truly examine things such as we feature here. I recommend you don't take that site seriously for three reasons. Whoever wrote it cannot spell. Whoever wrote it knows no grammar skills. And lastly it's a RPG site. The last is always annoying when using the internet. After reading pages of what seems to be phenomenal information you find those obscure words or terms like LifePoints/HItPoints, Mana, etc. Then you slam yourself into your keyboard in dismay as you realize you were reading a gamesheet. It's happened to all of us so don't feel too bad about.

Dark Lord M
  • Guest
Re: anyone know where ghouls come from?
« Reply #4 on: May 25, 2006, 02:29:22 PM »
Oh, I'm sorry for that, a bit of a sudden find. I should have looked. -_-

ZombiesRus
  • Monstrous Imp
  • *
  • Posts: 19
  • Karma: +5/-3
Re: anyone know where ghouls come from?
« Reply #5 on: June 22, 2006, 06:10:59 PM »
Here is some facts!


 
 Names
Ghul, Ghulah, Ghul of the waste, Grave-creature, coffin-fiend. Etymologically "Ghul" is a calamity, a panic fear; and the monster is evidently the embodied horror of the grave and the graveyard. It is sometimes confused with the Indian Vetala. The star Algol is also named after this creature from Arabian legend.

 

Origin
Ghouls have their origin in the Arabic/Persian/Indian tales of Alf Laylah wa Laylah - the Thousand Nights and a Night and in their root stories. The Arabian ghoul lures travelers into the desert wastes to slay and devour them, and also robs graves and feeds on the flesh of the dead, or on young children. As a result of this latter habit, the word ghoul is also used to refer to an ordinary human grave robber, or any individual who delights in the gruesome or morbid.

Some occultists believe that the Ghoul superstition comes from wild animals that disturb graves at night. It is also seen as an embodiment of the natural fear and horror which a man feels when he faces a really dangerous desert.

Ghouls are considered to belong to a true monster race. Allegations that ghouls are created by contamination or when a mortal drinks the blood of a vampire are totally false.

Sir Richard F. Burton, nineteenth century translator of the Nights, wrote some interesting  foot notes on the subject

Arab. "Ghul," here an ogre, a cannibal. I cannot but regard the "Ghul of the waste" as an embodiment of the natural fear and horror which a man feels when he fases a really dangerous desert. As regards cannibalism, Al-Islam's religion of common sense freely allows it when necessary to save life, and unlike our mawkish modern sensibility never blames those who

Alimentis talibus usi
Produxere animos. ("Employing such food extend lives.")

The Ghulah (Fem. of Ghul) is the Heb. Lilith or Lilis: the classical Lamia; the Hindu Yogni and Dakini; the Chaldean Utug and Gigim (desert-demons) as opposed to the Mas (Hill-demon) and Telal (who steal into towns); the Ogress of out tales and the Bala yaga (Granny-witch) of Russian folk-lore.

 

Forms and functions
Ghouls are true cannibals but do not seem to prey on humanity only through necessity. Their appetite is nearly insatiable.  In modern fiction, ghouls are often confused with other types of undead, usually the mindless varieties of vampires and zombies. Although modern fiction (post-1968) suggests that the latter beings share cannibalistic habits with ghouls, it is nonetheless generally believed that vampires and zombies prefer live prey and focus on blood or brains.

The Arabian ghoul  is known as a desert-dwelling, skin walker demon that can transform itself into the guise of an animal, especially a hyena but in the modern fantasy lore, ghouls do not shift are often described as having the following strengths and weaknesses.

Humanoid. They are gaunt in the face with bulging yellowish eyes, and large mouths lined with rows of tiny razor-sharp teeth. They have long and lanky arms with clawed hands, and they walk on short, sinewy legs. Their skin is a thick and fibrous hide, usually of a light blue-gray color large. Ghouls often appear naked, or wearing the last vestiges of clothing they wore before they became a ghoul. They crave on mammalian flesh (preferably human) taken from the living or recently-dead. They can normally be found prowling cemeteries at night for the newly buried corpses.

Ghouls have relatively low intelligence and are incapable of articulated speech. They have a only a basic understanding of simple tools, and are fundamentally driven by their instincts and lust for food. They are primarily nocturnal, preferring the cover of night to satisfy their vast appetite for human flesh.

When discovered, they will usually hiss and growl to ward off intruders and, if that fails, they will attempt a quick escape. Ghouls will only fight if they are cornered, or if they outnumber the living by at least three to one odds. Single ghouls have been known to attack infants, children, and in rare cases - wounded or sickly adults.

Powers

The ghoul is impervious to pain, does not age, needs no air to breathe, and is immune to drugs, poisons, and gases. Guns and knives can wound these creatures, but they will not destroy them, as the ghoul possesses remarkable regenerative powers, enabling them to withstand large caliber weapons and even small explosives.

The ghoul's strength level is at normal human-levels, but they are extremely agile and fast. They use their large claws for digging and cutting through flesh.
The ghoul possess keen night vision similar to a vampire's, and can smell human flesh (alive or dead) from up to a mile away.

Despite their cowardly demeanor, the ghoul can be dangerous. Attacking unmercifully to bring their victims down, especially when they hunt in packs. With their razor-sharp claws and teeth, a pack of four ghouls can bring a full-sized adult human down and devour in under 5 minutes, leaving only the bones for remains.

Weaknesses

The ghoul is a nocturnal creature, and is repelled by sunlight and artificial light. Although neither cause them any real harm, their speed and strength can be drastically reduced when subjecting them to daylight, making them easier to destroy. Ghouls are highly susceptible to fire, and this is the best way to destroy these fiends. A ghoul can be burned and subsequently destroyed by concentrated acid or electrocution as well. Decapitation is also another effective way to destroy a ghoul.
 
We all wonder about one thing here. Can we create a virus or raise the dead or even talk to the dead?

Devious Viper
  • Guest
Re: anyone know where ghouls come from?
« Reply #6 on: June 22, 2006, 06:13:06 PM »
Where did you find that info?

ZombiesRus
  • Monstrous Imp
  • *
  • Posts: 19
  • Karma: +5/-3
Re: anyone know where ghouls come from?
« Reply #7 on: June 22, 2006, 08:30:12 PM »
I found it on the Mounterous Search. :-D
We all wonder about one thing here. Can we create a virus or raise the dead or even talk to the dead?