PISACHAS (mas.), PISACHI (fem.).
Dowson's Classical Dictionary
of Hindu Mythology] Fiends,
evil spirits, placed by the Vedas as lower than Rakshasas. The vilest
and most malignant order of malevolent beings. Accounts differ as to
their origin. The Brahmana and the Mahabharata say that they were created
by Brahma, together with the Asuras and Rakshasas, from the stray drops
of water which fell apart from the drops out of which gods, men, gandharvas, etc.,
had been produced. According to Manu they sprang from from the Prajapatis.
In the Puranas they are represented as the offspring of Kasyapa by his
wife Krodhavasa, or Pisacha, or Kapisa.
Languages MLLL-4993. Indian Epics. Laura Gibbs, Ph.D.
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