Wednesday, October 12, 2011

MonsterFest 2011...The Tokoloshe

Check out some great monsters over at Sommer Leigh's MonsterFest 2011.  

The Tokoloshe. I wrote about the Tokoloshe last month and still find it to be an interesting myth, or is it reality. Who knows??

In Zulu mythology, Tikoloshe, Tokoloshe or Hili (from the Xhosa word utyreeci ukujamaal) is a dwarf-like water sprite. They are considered a mischievous and evil spirit. Another explanation is that the Tokoloshe resembles a zombiepoltergeist, or gremlin, created by South African shamans who have been offended by someone. The tokoloshe may also wander, causing mischief wherever it goes, particularly to schoolchildren. Other details include its gremlin-like appearance and gouged out eyes. (Wikipedia)

The Tokoloshe have been said to have been the cause of crimes committed in South Africa, some fatality.
 The Belief in the tokoloshe is widespread throughout Africa. By destroying the tokoloshe, it is believed that the witch who sent it could be destroyed as well resulting in crimes where the victim is said to be a tokoloshe. 

check out a VBS special on the Tokoloshe.   


  1. I hadn't heard of these before. Very intriguing.

  2. Those would give me the creeps! :)

  3. Here's something interest for you. I'm from South African and I once asked our maid why they put their beds on bricks. She told me it was because the higher the bed, the more difficulty the tokoloshe will have getting onto it. So I asked her why they are so afraid of the tokoloshe. She said that some of them believe the thing comes in the night takes them out all night doing whatever and the next day they would be so tired and unable to work. Work was scares back then, still is, and nobody could afford to lose it. Of course she didn't tell me what they did when the tokoloshe took them away for the night, I was too young back then. But they are a superstitious lot.

  4. Thanks for your comments.

    Jani, Yeah. The video was interesting and you have to wonder...

  5. I had never heard of this before! I love folklore, this was really interesting.

  6. The hairy ones look like chimpanzees, the kind that would come into a human house and take things.

    The very bottom one looks like Yoda, which explains George Lukas' inspiration.

  7. I had never heard of Tokoloshe until now. Creepy! It does sort of look like a gremlin.


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