People who attend sleepovers enjoy stories, folklore, myths, and even some claims about sightings of supernatural and mythical creatures. They can even be effective ice breakers at times. Though they have yet to be scientifically proven, such stories and mythical, fictional creatures have existed in almost every part of the world for a long time.
Here are some popular supernatural or mythical creatures found in Nepali cultures:
Khyaa is a well-known mythical creature among the Newa people. It’s small but chubby, with a hairy body that’s said to haunt the neighborhood. Khyaa is available in two colors: white and black.
Black Khyaa is said to bring misfortune and problems, whereas white Khyaa is said to bring good luck and blessings. Because the traditional Newa community believes the creature lives beneath the stairs, they have a ritual of saying ‘binabii’ to avoid offending the creature.
Manjushree was ashamed, so she assigned Cheppu the honorable responsibility of guarding the temple entryway. Because Manjushree only drew Cheppu’s head, you can only see the top of its head above the temples, and the rest of its body is still unknown.
Gurumappa is another mythological creature that is well-known in the Newa community for devouring children. According to legend, it all began when a guy named Kesh Chandra (of Itumbahal) gambled away all of his possessions. After that, he moved in with his sister. To gamble again, he began selling the dishes that his sister had served him on. His sister fed up and served him food on the floor, so he walked to the jungle, feeling disrespectful.
Gurumappa, a monster that wanted to consume him, greeted him there. With the promise of a huge feast, Kesh Chandra persuaded Gurumappa to return with him. As time passed, a growing number of children succumbed to his hunger pangs. People asked Gurumapa to move to Tinkhyo (Tundikhel) and promised to provide an annual feast on Ghode Jatra if he did.
Cheppu, another mythical creature prominent in Nepal, is claimed to have existed during the reign of Manjushree. The Kathmandu valley was originally a large lake, according to legend, and Cheppu was one of the creatures who lived there. Except for Cheppu, all the creatures were compelled to leave the lake when Manjushree drained it.
According to legend, Cheppu was scarred and so hesitant to leave the lake. Cheppu eventually consented to come out if Manjushree promised not to look at it. Manjushree, on the other hand, sneaked a glance and drew a drawing of it. Cheppu soon returned to the sea as it realized what had happened.
Laakhe is a Newa word that refers to a type of monster that is, strangely enough, friendly. It has a large red face and a frightening appearance, with prominent, bawdy eyes, large teeth and fangs, and dark (red) hair. Laakhe is thought to ward off evil spirits from its environs, and it is welcomed and seen as benign by the locals.
Within the Kathmandu valley, there is a tradition of performing Laakhe dance accompanied by traditional musical instruments during festivals, the most important of which is Indra Jatra. A community member dons a khwaapa (mask) and clothing that is thought to contain the spirit of the devil that takes over the dancer’s body.
5. Dhaplaa Khyaa
Dhaplaa Khyaa stories have been passed down through the generations in the Newa community. Another mythological beast with large, dark hairy features that is constantly hungry. It like to hide in dark areas of homes, such as under the stairs or in the attic. It is said to walk on all four legs and only emerge at night.
Dhaplaa Khyaa comes to houses begging for a feast, according to a children’s song. The Dhaplan Khyah, however, is unsatisfied even after the feast and requests to eat the children instead. Dhaplaa Khyaa, a popular song, was meant to warn children away from misbehaving.
Kawacha is a Newa term that means skeleton. It is also a Nepalese mythical creature that goes into people’s homes and kidnaps children via the windows to feed on them. People allegedly began making ‘Tiki Jhya’ (traditionally adorned lattices as windows) to prevent this later.
There’s also a notion that Khyaa and Kawacha are friends, therefore whenever Kawacha tries to kidnap and eat the kids, Khyaa intervenes to prevent the friend from harming the children.
7. Bhakunde Bhoot
Bhakunde Bhoot is a ghost or a wandering spirit without limbs or a face, as some refer to him. It gets its name from the fact that it is round like a ball (bhakundo in Nepali) and looks like a dustball or lives in waste dumps.
Bhakunde Bhoot is reported to follow humans, mainly little children, for a considerable distance in the dark and even cling to the lower part of the body. Reciting the verses of Hanuman Chalisa is required to eradicate it from the body. Alternatively, simply nail a jute bag to the floor and curse or kick it over and over.
Chhauda is a Bhojpuri term that means “kid.” Chhauda is a type of ghost that only appears to little children and is found or seen in the shape of a child.
Fortunately, Chhauda isn’t as dangerous as some of the other ghosts. However, it is believed that when youngsters witness it playing or engaging in other activities, they would become ill. Furthermore, they may experience nightmares.
Kichkandi is a frightening female spirit with long dark hair and a white garment. It’s claimed to be the tortured spirit of a woman who died in an unjust death. Many people have reported seeing the creature on the side of the road while driving lengthy distances.
Kichkandi has her own set of rules that she follows. She may use her charm to entice men, or she may feed on their life power, becoming them pallid and frail, maybe leading to death. Alternatively, they may simply wait in a dark, silent spot to terrify the living daylights out of you.