In Indian lore, vetala is a type of Ghoul or Vampire haunting cemeteries and reanimating the dead. Corpses may be used as vehicles for movement, as they no longer decay while so inhabited, though at night vetala may also leave the body in order to feed.
Vetala are hostile spirits of the dead whose offspring did not perform funerary rites in their memory. As a result they are trapped in the twilight zone between life and after-life. These creatures can be appeased with gifts or frightened away with spells. Performing properly the funerary rites mean getting rid of those evil spirits.
The vetala has a demonic appearance.
They appear as normal human being until they attack thats when their teeth become sharp and their eyes go slanted and blue.
Being spirits, unfettered by the laws of space and time, they have an uncanny knowledge about the past, present and future and a deep insight into human nature. Hence, many sorcerers seek to capture them and turn them into slaves. They make their displeasure known by troubling humans by:
- causing madness;
- causing miscarriages
- killing children:
They are also said the guard their villages.
The vetala lives in stones scattered around hills inside and/or surrounding cemeteries.
In Decca it supposedly guards villages and inhabits red-painted stones.
- Paralysis: They can paralysis their victims by using their venom. It later knocks the victim out cold.
- Vampirism: Like vampires, they feed on human blood.
- Enhanced Strength: Vetala appear to have enhanced strength that allow them to overpower even well built humans.
- Silver Knife- They can be killed by being stabbed with a silver knife. Once stabbed their bodies crumble apart..