Monday, November 21, 2011

WORD OF THE DAY! 11/21/11


preta [preh-tah]/gaki [gah-kee]
noun
1. Asian folklore. a type of ghost, depicted in Buddhist, Hindu, Sikh, and Jain texts, that undergoes a suffering by hunger or thirst; usually considered to have been a greedy or gluttonous person in their lives.
2. ghoulish beings who gobble up food and unwary mortals; hunger ghosts.

EX. I heard a cackle in the wind and stepped out onto my balcony. From the second floor I could see them, the gaki, pale as ghosts, with a hundred little fangs filling their smiling maws, as they pointed and laughed at me, slapping their claws against their swollen guts. I quickly went back inside and closed the door, "They weren't looking at me. They weren't looking at me!"

1 comment:

  1. Although the origin of this description is correct, the image presented is not technically the preta. If you research a similar concept of the Buddihst ideology you will find this particular image is of a "bhoot" and more specifically, in my opinion, a "churail". Either way! Awesome ideas and thanks for posting. :)
    Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bhoot_(ghost)

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