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Do scriptures say anything about dead spirits or ghosts changing into beasts?

I am wondering if scriptures say anything about dead human spirits or ghosts changing into something else after death, or after being dead awhile?
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Why do some souls remain on earth after leaving the body after death?

When death happens, the soul should leave the body and it should go back to it's original realm (whatever or wherever that place is). But we encounter stories of ghosts or spirits on earth. Why do ...
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What do Hindu scriptures say about Doppelgängers?

A "doppelgänger" is an entity that takes the form of a living person. In western traditions, it has been often seen as a malicious entity with harmful intentions and said to signify doom. My question ...
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What kind of body do ghosts have?

Did the ancient rishis comment anything about the kind of body ghosts have? And please don't say that ghosts do not have any bodies. People from all over the world have reported seeing their dead ...
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What is the difference between Preta (Ghost) and Bhuta (Spirit)?

Preta and Bhuta are often considered one and the same but they are different as per the below description of various beings: Such are the general mischief-makers, the Asuras, the Pretas, or ghosts, ...
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How do Rakshasas look? Physical appearance of Rakshasas?

What are the various physical appearances of Rakshasas?
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Which are the crimes in which people becomes ghost and for how much time? [duplicate]

Which are the crimes in which people becomes ghost I got this part here thanks and for how much time (references will be surly better then personal openion)? I asked about suicide but looks like if ...
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Can ghosts kill human according to hindu beliefs?

I saw this question. But as we saw in films ghosts can move chairs, beat & kill human, they don't have legs.... Can ghosts kill human?
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Do piśācas' (ghosts) exist in temples or in our homes?

I was once said by an elderly man that we should not touch the backside of a temple while doing pradakshina because ghosts and rakshasas live there and touching that part will wake them. Supporting ...
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Dosha Pariharam for pretha janma

A person who attained pretha janma may come in dream and disturb. What is the Pariharam for that and in which purana it has been mentioned?
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What exactly happens during Parakaya Pravesha?

Parakaya Pravesha is power of entering into body of another person through Yoga. Sri Adi Sankara entered the body of King Amaruka of Benares. Tirumular in Southern India entered the body of a ...
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What are the differences among Rakshasas, Daityas, Danawas, Pisachas?

Puranas say that these species are born from different wives of Maharshi Kashyapa. Kashyapa + Danu = Danavas Kashyapa + Diti = Daityas Kashyapa + Krodhavasa = Pisachas In Hymn 87 of the tenth ...
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Do ghosts and spirits exist in Hindu beliefs?

We know that Hindu texts do mention about demonic beings like Rakshasas. But is there any reference to ghosts in Vedas? If ghosts are just 'atman' without bodies, don't they reincarnate?
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Why are crows considered to be a link to our pitris (spirits of ancestors)?

In Devasams (srardham) or annual memorial ritual performed to the deceased, rice is fed to crows. I was told by elders at home that the crows represent our Pitris. What is the reason behind crows ...