Kishi (folklore)

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The kishi is a two-faced demon in Angola. According to legend, a kishi has an attractive human man's face on the front of its body and a hyena's face on the back. Kishi are said to use their human face as well as smooth talk and other charms to attract young women, who they then eat with the hyena face.[1] The hyena face is said to have long sharp teeth and jaws so strong they cannot be pulled off anything it bites.

The word kishi, nkishi, or mukisi means "spirit" in several Bantu languages spoken in Zaire, northern Zambia, and Angola.[2]


  1. ^ Mack, Carol K.; Dinah Mack (1999). A Field Guide to Demons, Fairies, Fallen Angels, and Other Subversive Spirits. Macmillan External link in |publisher= (help)
  2. ^ Knappert, Jan (1977). Bantu Myths and Other Tales. Brill Archive.