An evil and terrifying spirit. In Islamic folklore, a ghoul is an evil demon, often regarded as a child of Iblis, which snatches and devours freshly-buried bodies. It will also attack belated travelers and abduct small children.

Arabic ghul; feminine ghulah.



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