A common part of folklore is the idea of terrifying demons, lurking in the shadows. Since antiquity, different people and cultures from around the world have told stories of dark forces at work, corrupting and plaguing people’s minds, causing them to do horrific things. You might be surprised by the types of spirits and demons out there. From female demons to devil dogs, there’s a huge list of demons and what they do. Of course, this folklore would have a variety of purposes. Sometimes they were told to children to scare them, and other times people simply believed the demons were real and worshiped them, often sacrificing their children to them as an offering. Whatever the case, the moral of the story was clear – demons were powerful forces that should not be trifled with. Here are 25 Most Terrifying Demons In Folklore.
Yuki-onna is a type of spirit known in Japan as “yokai.” These spirits are the closest thing to demons in Japanese folklore, and Yuki-onna doesn’t mess around. She’s also called “The Snow Woman” with an icy and pale appearance. She appears in snow storms, elegantly drifting from place to place. While she might seem beautiful, you wouldn’t want to get near her. She feeds on human souls, sucking them out of their mouths until they become hard as ice.
This demon comes from Sumerian legend. He kills humans with fever and head diseases and is so horrid looking that he has the power to make fish boil alive in their own waters. His companions are his rock children that were born from his union with mortal women.
Flauros is a terrifying female demon who knows past, present, and future and burns her victims alive. When she appears to her enemies, she floats in the air without wings and can change her blonde hair to a blood red.
Also known as Furcifer, which means “Scoundrel” in Latin, this demon is said to be the Count of Hell, leading 26 legions. He speaks in a hoarse voice, has a fiery tail, and usually appears as a stag. He is said to be able to make men and women fall in love and also has command over great storms.
In Irish folklore, the Dullahan is a fierce and terrifying demon that rides on horseback after sunset during certain festivals. A headless horseman, the Dullahan rides in black and holds his head up high with his hand to see far distances. If you have the misfortune of watching him ride by and you keep looking, a bucket of blood will be splashed on you, or you’ll be struck in the eye.