Kuttichhathan – The Mystic Poltergeist

This is the story of Kuttichhathan. Kuttichhathan is a tiny but mischievous spirit. In local linguafranca the name Kuttichhathan sounds like a male bastion who is invisible and untraceable. He belongs to the family of Poltergeists: Since he is a poltergeist-family-member his dubious doings are crystal clear. Kuttichhathan is very small in size, but his actions are as dangerous as those of the mighty ghosts of Poltergeist clan.

Once upon a time there existed a small kingdom which the Britishers called Travancore and the locals revered it as ‘Thiruvithamcore’. The kingdom was situated on the southernmost tip of the present day Kerala State in South India. In olden days, Kuttichhathan was the dread and scarce of every one in villages, towns and all across the Kingdom; the Kuttichhathan was notorious in every sense of the term. Whatever Kuttichhathan did, its impact had material presence in the real world situations. His dubious actions were nuisance for everyone. The nauseating deeds he carried out were primarily targeted at houses and its residents. A few of his actions, shortly put were as follows:

When a house wife was in the kitchen, cooking food for the day, Kuttichhathan intruded into the space, threw dirt and filth into the boiling food and disappeared in no time. The house wife became perplexed and cursed Kuttichhathan for the misdeed: Within a few seconds, she cleaned the vessel, removed the filth and started cooking afresh, again.

When everything in the kitchen seemed to be in order, Kuttichhathan appeared from behind: He displaced properly kept vessels and plates here and there and quickly disappeared from the scene. The house wife started cursing the evil spirit again and again and soon rearranged the things in its proper places.

At dead of night Kuttichhathan sneaked out, picked up stones and started pelting the stones at house-tops and walls of residential buildings: The hapless residents then woke up and ran shelter-swelter to trace the wicked Kuttichhathan but failed to trace him out. Tired and trembled, they went back to have a nap.

Those were tolerable incidents to some extent. But there were unbearable and painful actions too that Kuttichhathan inflicted on others. He intruded into the living rooms of people when there were no one around, set fire to clothes, bed sheets and valuables. At other times Kuttichhathan unlocked cupboards, took ornaments and currency notes and fled without getting noticed. The owners became restless and pain struck. Despite every effort they could not find a trace of Kuttichhathan. Ultimately they approached sorcerers to trap the Kuttichhathan. Despite paying huge fees, the Sorcerers utterly failed to catch the Kuttichhathan and the victims found solace in blaming their wretched fate.

Close scrutiny of such incidents and investigations carried out by experts have proved that the mischief attributed to Kuttichhathan were in fact the handiwork of someone among the home dwellers or home-workers. The persons concerned did the mischief during an instantaneous attack of memory loss that lasted only for a few seconds, not even twenty seconds at any rate. During that spell the person became victim of petitmal which belongs to a peculiar type of dementia.

Petitmal is a mild form of epilepsy characterized by brief spells of unconsciousness without loss of posture. The deranged person carries out the mischief as schizophrenics’ do at certain times. When memory returns and persons become normal, they realize the damage and wonders how all the nauseating things had taken place. Because of the blind belief about the reckless evil spirits, everyone around including the victims of petitmal, attribute the mischief as perpetrated by Kuttichhathan who wanders around the vicinity of residential areas.

According to neuroscience, petitmal is an ‘absence seizure’. Petitmal patients lose awareness of their surroundings for up to 20 seconds. During that period, the victims suddenly stop what they are doing. In rare cases they unconsciously do things similar to those mentioned in the case of Kuttichhathan.

In normal situations nerve cells in the brain of a person communicate with one another through reflexes or through the so-called electric signals. Such nerve to nerve communication gets blocked abruptly for a few seconds during absence seizure. Such seizures rarely cause convulsions or collapses despite losing consciousness.

Scientists are clueless about the underlying reasons for petitmal. The reasons may vary from person to person depending upon genetic factors, neuronal infection or accidents which may cause brain damages. Chances cannot also be ruled out about mischief makers who may act as Kuttichhathan, the mischief monger Poltergeist for the sake of fun or for taking revenge.

Heaven and Hell

Heaven and Hell, – very familiar concepts, they are. While both are familiar, the former is the aim of every believer all across the world while the latter is dreaded by everyone nay, every believer, around the world.

Both Heaven and Hell are words which belong to extreme religious centric beliefs. According to the belief heaven is the dwelling place of God and is shared by Angels and the Spirits of the righteous people. However, outside belief, the word heaven is used to refer the sky or the firmament. May be, drawing a parallel to the concept of heaven being the blissful abode of God, literary enthusiasts use these words to express feelings of extreme happiness and joy.

Hell, in every sense, is the opposite to heaven; hell is the place for the wicked to live after death. The place is the epicenter of all evils; it is pervaded by condemned spirits and is full of miseries. Just like the word heaven, hell too has slang referring it to someone who has been victimized for harsh reprimand and or punishment. In yet another context, making uproar and creating uneasy situations is hell for the nascent genre among the general public.

There is no proof of evidence to cite as to when and where the belief of heaven and hell started. It is said that the belief originated from Greek philosophy. Ancient Greek philosophy belong to the period around the 6th century BCE: Greek philosophers like Plato had talked elaborately about soul and spirit: Soul-spirit conglomerate plays pivotal role in the matter of entitlement for entry either into heaven or to hell. Greek philosopher Plato’s firm stand was that salvation takes place when the soul is set free from the body at the time of death. Even then, attributing the origin of heaven and hell to Greek philosophy does not seem to be correct.

Even before the birth of Greek philosophy there were ancient belief systems which flourished in the East. Those belief systems had many explanations on the subject relating to soul and spirit and after-death habitats. Taoism of China and Hinduism of ancient Bharat were the prominent belief systems of the yore. Hinduism was epicentre of all subjective imaginations including the dwellings of heaven and hell.

Complexity of human brain has no limit: It enabled prehistoric nomads to believe in supernatural powers and their thought process concerning belief grew with innumerable imaginations. That enabled them to build residence in the Skies for the super natural powers, much above their own habitats on the surface of the earth. In those habitats there were no miseries and calamities. Those were, no doubt, imaginations which underwent further refinements: The improved version concluded that when one dies, the life-force of the individual escapes from the body of the person and it moves towards the dwelling of the supernatural powers to be accommodated there.

As years passed by, all these pagan thoughts got modified in the form of organized system of beliefs as Religions, the supernatural powers as Gods, the dwelling of the God as Heaven, the life-sustaining force of the living as Soul or Spirit which leaves the body of the persons at the time of death. Formation of Hell was in the same trajectory but in the opposite direction: At the time of death the soul of all who do good things be accommodated by God along with him in heaven while the spirit of those who do bad things be accommodated by God in Hell which is full of miseries.

The concept of Heaven and Hell is part and parcel of every religion: Even the so-called non-religious philosophies of Buddhism and Jainism are no exception.

According to Hindu system of faith, entitlement to Heaven or Hell depends on Karma: Doors of heaven will be opened to the spirits of the ones who did Good Karma while alive. On the other hand, the ones who did bad karma will be dumped into the ditches of hell; their spirits will become prey to rebirth in continuum. In Buddhism, heaven is temporary habitat for the soul; the soul is entitled to incarnation. Not only that, as part of Samsara which is an illusory reality, there are many heavens for soul to habitat depending upon Karma. Jainism also holds the same concept about heaven: As per the concept there are several layers of heavenly abode for the souls to enter but the entitlement depends upon Karma.

Ancient Chinese mythology philosophizes that heaven observes, sees, hears and keeps close watch over all humans. The great philosopher Confucius asserted that belief in the quote: “He who offends against Heaven has none to whom he can pray.”

All organized religions of modern era have specific concepts about heaven and hell. All their preachings are aimed at achieving heavenly habitat of bliss; all the places of worship, all the religious heads, all the preachers devote time for prayers for the followers to help their souls attain heaven and to save the souls from going to hell. All followers of the religions attend prayers regularly on weekly congregations on time for the aim to be fulfilled.

Outside religion, there are some think-masters of materialism who are still unable to keep out of the belief in heaven and hell: They argue that belief in heaven keep people away from committing crimes for fear of hell; they do good things with love and compassion for their soul to get a place in heaven. These arguments of the stake holders are absurd if not nonsense. Criminals never stop their illicit activities for the sake of heaven and for fear of hell. Because, even the believer-criminals have all means at their disposal to use the path of confessions before priests, prayers before the Almighty god to save their soul from going to hell but to allow their soul easy entry to heaven.   Amen! Let the Soul of all rest in peace.