Evil spirits who guard the treasures of Kuvera, the god of riches.
They haunt cemeteries and devour human beings; assume any shape at
will, and their strength increases as the day declines. Some are
hideously ugly, but others, especially the female spirits, allure by
their beauty. (Hindu mythology.)
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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