11. Jiangshi (China)
The jiangshi is a zombie, typically depicted as a stiff corpse dressed in Qing Dynasty official garments. Because it is stiff due to rigor mortis, it moves around by hopping, with its arms outstretched. It is supposed to kill living creatures in order to absorb their “life force” or “qi.” The jiangshi also has greenish skin, which is said to be caused by mould that grows on corpses. Also, it has long white hair all over its head and may exhibit animal-like behaviour.
12. Nightmarchers (Hawaii)
Nightmarchers are the ghosts of ancient Hawaiian warriors. On the nights of Kane, Ku, Lono, Akua, or Kaloa, the nightmarchers get out of their burial sites to march, sometimes to past battles or to go to other sacred places. If you find yourself in the path of nightmarchers (you are supposed to hear chanting and marching), you need to immediately exit the area to avoid being noticed. If this is not an option, it is said that one must lie on the ground face-down. If you get noticed, they will kill you unless you have an ancestor within the march that recognises you.
13. Churel (India)
The churel is the ghost of a woman who died in childbirth due to her relatives’ or in-laws’ negligence. She disguises herself as a young, beautiful woman to lure young men; however, her real form is hideous and terrifying. She is said to drain her victims of their blood, semen, and virility, which transforms them into old, frail men. Often, the churel’s feet are backwards, with her heel in front and her toes at the back. She is also said to have a long and thick black tongue.
14. Loup-Garou (Louisiana)
The loup-garou or rougarou is the French-speaking culture’s werewolf. Similar to the werewolf, the rougarou has the head of a wolf and the body of a human. According to the legend, the rougarou kills Catholics who do not practise Lent as prescribed by the religion. It is even said that if one breaks Lent seven years in a row, he may turn into a rougarou. On the other hand, some legends say that being a rougarou is a curse that can be transferred when a rougarou draws another human’s blood. The rougarou returns to his human form while the human becomes a new rougarou.
15. Poludnica (Slavic)
Poludnica, or Lady Midday or Noon Witch, is a demon depicted as a young woman dressed in white. She is said to roam fields and cause various troubles to field workers, ranging from heat strokes to madness. According to folklore, in the middle of hot summer days, she appears as a dust cloud carrying a scythe. She stops people in the field and asks them a difficult question. If anyone fails to answer her question, she will cut off their head.