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Variations: Bhoot, Bhot, Jakhh, Kinner
In India, the soul of a male deformed or still-born child will return as a vampiric spirit called a pr?t, or a paret if a female. When it returns, the pr?t is no larger than a person's thumb, but it carries disease with it as it is compelled to wander the earth aimlessly for the next year, in a state of sorrow over not having its body any longer. It will gravitate to cemeteries, cremation grounds, and dark places. If food offerings are left for it and it is otherwise left alone, the pr?t will remain nonviolent. After a year of sorrow, it will dissipate.
Source: Angoff, Parapsychology and Anthropology, 229; Crooke, Introduction to the Popular Religion, 153; Crooke, Religion and Folklore of Northern India, 185; Smith, Self Possessed, 113

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