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Have you guys heard of the desert ghoul? 🧞

In the Arabian folkloric sense?

It is considered a mythical creature that appears and disappears suddenly at night in the desert and dark isolated places.

It looks like a moving flame 🔥and believed to be a form of demon/jinn that leads people astray in the darkness to get them lost.

There are many sightings and stories of these strange lights since the ancient times.

They look like this:

Some people try to take a more scientific approach and say they are insects that reflect lights but nobody knows for sure. Many times they appear in absolute total darkness without any light source. Also they can be big. Like a ball of fire.

I don’t believe or disbelieve them but I find them intriguing for sure. Lol

Any similar stuff from your culture?
We have mystery light phenomena such as swamp lights , which are attributed to spontaneous combustion of methane gas in swampy areas and there are places such as the Brown Mountain lights in North Carolina where people have been seeing mysterious lights in the hills for decades.
Some think that they are ghost or Indian spirits and others think that they are UFOs !! 😝
I’m sure there are places all over the world where mysterious lights have caused speculation and intrigue for centuries
Asmae · 31-35, F
Whoa. That’s a convincing explanation indeed. I’m impressed 👏🏽
I think I’m going to quote you here with your permission whenever I hear someone discusses desert ghouls lol @Onestarlitnight
Haha 😆
Thank you 😊 be my guest!
Jimbo7 · 61-69, M
@Onestarlitnight I get zapped by lift buttons and escalators 👀
I have seen light emitting insects in the dark. But they are very small. About what you have wrote i read little bit on Google. It said they were doomed to stay on earth and can shape shift. In order to do so they need to consume human flesh and then they immitate the memories of that person. They also shapeshift into hyena or wolve. It's not clear but many mysterious things on earth exist.
Asmae · 31-35, F
It's also believed that they like to feed on bones in particular ☠️🏴‍☠️ lol
@Asmae sounds crazy.
@Asmae I hope if I come there i could safely fetch of the oil and food. ☺️
mayguy · 46-50, M
Had to bookmark this post of yours as it's quite fascinating 👏

After reading so many wonderful comments....hmm...have you heard of the American (it's in Texas) phenomenon called the 'Marfa Lights'? It's become quite famous, partially because the town Marfa has become a world-renowned arts destination.

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Dave1955 · 61-69, M
@mayguy I wonder if this is Ball Lighting ?

mayguy · 46-50, M
@Dave1955 Hmm.... that's an excellent question!
Asmae · 31-35, F
That's eerily similar 😶 @mayguy
4meAndyou · F
Nope. But we do know about the legends of "fairy lights" in bogs that lead travelers to their deaths. Travelers would be trying to traverse the bog, and suddenly a fairy light, (swamp gas), would ignite and move through the bog. The traveler would assume he was following a living being, and would drown.
Asmae · 31-35, F
Never heard of those 😶 Fascinating! They sound quite similar to desert ghouls. I would love to see a fantasy movie or a documentary about fairy lights. It appears to be that the purpose of those mythical creatures in different cultures is one. They lure humans by using their own curiosity against them @4meAndyou
4meAndyou · F
@Asmae In the trilogy series "The Lord of the Rings", one of the Hobbits falls into a bog, and peers down into the water, and there he sees ancient dead warriors, and strange lights, and ancient weapons. It's a cultural tale which was embellished by the author, but it is also based on a little bit of fact.

In many northern European countries there are perfectly preserved ancient bodies being discovered in peat bogs. Archeologists believe that the peat in these bogs preserves the body somehow. I read an article about it, and they think that ancient civilizations used to sacrifice their kings and queens, or even young virgins, to appease the so called "gods" during times of famine.
Ducky · 31-35, F
Creepy! We have a very similar phenomenon in North America called will-o'-the-wisps.
Jackaloftheazuresand · 26-30, M
will-o-the-wisp. What I find interesting is all the explanations given but I have yet to even see footage of them except from bewildered commonfolk. It just seems like scientists and researchers are playing along making things up to explain something that doesn't even happen in the first place
Dave1955 · 61-69, M
Could they could be Will of the Wisp ?

Asmae · 31-35, F
Seems very similar @Dave1955
cherokeepatti · 61-69, F
I’ve heard of swamp lights and they are believing that it’s gas from the decaying matter in the swamp that is causing it, maybe it ignites or whatever.
cherokeepatti · 61-69, F
@Asmae i wonder if it’s some other type of gas that is escaping from the earth through the desert sands?
Asmae · 31-35, F
I'm not sure @cherokeepatti
cherokeepatti · 61-69, F
@Asmae In the western part of the USA there is a large desert that the native people say has shapeshifters that will chase cars and cause physical harm to people. There are other names that they have given them, the Navajo people call them Skin-Walkers. From what I have read there are natives who have ventured into dark witchcraft and they are thinking these are demon spirits that they have conjured up and now inhabit the desert. I used to think I’d like to drive through the desert area but after reading accounts of people being chased while driving at night and these creatures whatever they are chasing them and getting right up to their car windows and looking in at the occupants of the vehicles I think it’s a terrible idea. I’ve only been through the desert while we were driving on an interstate highway that had regular traffic day and night.
Jimbo7 · 61-69, M
I have seen similar lights while sea fishing from the shore at night
Asmae · 31-35, F
Interesting! I’ve read stories from around the world and it seems they come in different colors depending on the surroundings. In the desert the lights are usually of a warm color like yellow/orange. By the sea it’s typically a cool tone such as blue or green like you said. How did you feel when you saw them? @Jimbo7
Jimbo7 · 61-69, M
@Asmae I was like WTF did you see that and everyone fishing were like wow ,then coastguards were informed and we watched as they searched with boat and helicopter.
It was around 2am
Asmae · 31-35, F
Wow. I can imagine they were fascinating to see. Many people feel scared/creeped out but I think I'd be excited lol @Jimbo7
Will-o'-the-wisp would be similar
@Asmae Just like Bigfoot 😛
Asmae · 31-35, F
I thought that was just a giant bear walking on 2 legs @Ozymandiaz
@Asmae It may well be ...... but ..... no one knows what it is 😂
basilfawlty89 · 31-35, M
No, but that's fascinating.

Do you know what a dessert ghoul is though?
Because that's what happens when there is baklava around me!
Asmae · 31-35, F
That’s a great term you just coined instead of sugar rush or foodgasm from sweets @basilfawlty89
empanadas · 31-35, M
Naw most of our folklore is similar to Mexico's, just with a different name.

The flame would probably represent the fire of God's will or something similar. Usually ghosts in our culture come in full body but transparent white.
Asmae · 31-35, F
Here we don’t believe in ghosts as in dead people coming back to life, but more like jinn shaping into the form of a dead person in an imperfect way. There has to be something odd/missing about it @empanadas
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Asmae · 31-35, F
Haha I hope so 🫣@Darksideinthenight2
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