Daayan – the fiendish female spirit

The hunter watched as the couple lay down exhausted after their lovemaking. The girl’s lustrous black hair was spread on the white pillow like the rays of a black sun. The man’s eyes twitched and his hands trembled with anticipation. He checked his bag and ran his hands over the knives, zip-ties and a length of nylon rope. Time to pay them a visit.

The young man watched, spellbound, as his lover got up, naked, and walked to make some coffee. He couldn’t believe his luck. An hour back, he was at the bar drinking away his failures and now he was in this gorgeous girl’s bed.

The girl turned and walked seductively towards him, carrying a simmering cup. Sparks and crackles came out of the cup and a gooey substance started trickling out. He watched in morbid fascination as her dark tresses extended towards him. There was something wrong about the way she walked. His eyes went round as coins as he noticed that her feet were facing backward.

The door burst open and the man in black entered brandishing a sinister looking knife.

“Stay away from her hair, idiot.” The hunter bellowed, “She is a Daayan†

 Daayan is the term for a fiendish female spirit or witch in Indian folklore. Daayans usually take the appearance of a beautiful young woman with long plaited hair. Their power is concentrated in their hair. They usually gain strength by luring unsuspecting young men and draining their blood and vitality. The supposed way to defeat a Daayan is to cut their hair.

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40 Comments

    1. As I was researching for the different supernatural entities across cultures, I could see a lot of common threads. I’ve tried to form connections and draw parallels as much as possible and have listed them in the notes along with each story. Thanks for the comment and the article. I’ll go through it 🙂

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  1. Daayans are an essential part of our traditional folklore. Unfortunately, they make a regular appearance in our neighborhoods when a strong woman needs to be shown her place.

    Great narration V!

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  2. How do you know so much about so many eerie creatures? The one thing I’ve been asking people throughout this A2Z is how they get to know some of the things. I know there’s internet, but no. That’s not it. To go on a journey like this, it should have begun elsewhere. I can’t wait to see all those stories you’re going to whip up until the end 😍 And seriously! Please tell me how you find them.

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    1. Long story short… I’ve always been interested in mythology and folklore. I grew up listening to stories from my grandfather, uncles, and mom. Creatures like the Brahmarakshasa used to feature in their stories. I have been researching about ghosts/ monsters pertaining to Indian culture for a while now.

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  3. Well, I am familiar with most demonic characters in Hindu folklore including Dayaan. But it is news to me that their power is concentrated in their hair. Great story.

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  4. One story I definitely can’t tell as a bedtime story. But definitely a good warning to all young men who can be ensnared by a ‘witch’

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  5. It is a good parable that shows why it’s a bad idea to pick up strangers in bars! I love your description of her hair on the bed “like the rays of a black sun.”

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  6. I watched the movie Dayan, where they showed the same thing of cutting the dayan’s hair. Lovely story as usual but I would have wanted this story to be a bit more elaborate. I couldn’t understand the character of the hunter.

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    1. Thanks for the comment, Balaka. I had this as a little something I wanted to expand on later but never got around doing it. Used it here as it focuses on the Daayan.

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