Today we have with us Neelima. She's a writer from Bangalore and her novella Unsettled has been published by Indireads, a publishing company based out of Toronto. She's going to be sharing her ten yakshi facts with us. Let's get to it!
Ten Yakshi facts
I’m sure many of you have heard of the Yakshi. She’s the lady in white, the femme fatale of South Asia, the blood sucking vampire of the South. My ebook Unsettled published by Indireads is a story that combines the mythical with romance.
1. The first successful Yakshi novel that was written and adapted as a movie is the Malayalam novel titled Yakshi by the amazingly competent Malayatoor Ramakrishnan.
2. A yakshi is a female earth spirit.
3.She's a fertility symbol by the Hindu, Buddhist, and Jain faiths. She is so fertile that she can make a tree bear fruit by sheer contact.
4.She is extremely desirable- quite a catch as far as female vampires go.
5.You might have seen sculptures of this wonderful woman playing balancing acts on stupas or temple walls.
6.Yakshis do not have a spine- in fact they are ‘back less’. Their long ebony hair hides that reality.
7.Yakshis hover. They don't touch the ground.
8.Yakshis were maternal figures at one point, but somewhere down the line they have become immensely bad- tempered. They shriek and deliver powerful curses, giving a very Indian touch to the universal concept of female hysteria.
9.Yakshis are shape shifters- the seductress slides down the palm tree and woos the male walker through woods. She asks him if he has a betel leaf and if he does, they become lovers. The next morning nothing is left of the man but a pile of bone, a clump of hair and teeth. Apparently the yakshi devours her prey- isn’t this a fantastic inversion of desire? She’s a blood thirsty vampire, her beauty a mask she throws off at will.
10.There has never been an ebook about a Yakshi until Unsettled....
About the author:
Neelima Vinod spent her childhood in the Persian Gulf, with holidays in the warm, dreamy climes of southern India. Writing about the supernatural is an inevitable outcome of her exotic background. She has acquired her M.Phil in English literature and worked as editor, teacher and writer. She now lives in Bangalore, India. Her current obsessions are her twin sons, the books on her shelf and off it, and her poetry blog.
You can check out and read an excerpt of Unsettled here.
Thank you so much Neelima!
Happy reading :)