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Mejenkwaar

by Daniel A. Kelin, II
A type of demon in the Marshall Islands. These demons are almost exclusively female. When a woman was pregnant, often her husband who sail off to go and collect gifts or special food, etc. for his wife. However, if he was gone for too long a period of time, the pregnant woman would turn into a mejenkwaad. Very often this would mean she'd eat her newborn child. When the husband arrived, she'd go after him as well. The story of Lokokelok tells of a man who evades being eaten by a mejenkwaad through a series of tricks he plays on her.

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