I'm interested in knowing if there are any creatures, monsters, spirits, etc that feed on negative human emotions- specifically grief and regret. Alternately, anything that is specifically attracted to these emotions would also be of interest to me. They can be from any tradition/mythology.

Thanks so much for any answers/ contributions!

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    There are some spirits in Slavic mythology, I believe, (Czech republic) that "steal" sorrow from someone in mourning. But I don't know the name and I think I have ever seen a name, they are simply "Běs" which can sort of translate to demon. Jan 26, 2018 at 22:44

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I'd suggest doing some reading on Buddhist "demons", the daughters of Mara in particular.

Wiki lists the three daughters as:

  • Taṇhā ("thirst, desire, longing, greed")
  • Arati ("aversion, discontentment")
  • Raga (""greed, sensuality, lust, desire")

The wiki also mentions two other daughters, associated with Pride and Fear.

There is definitely the idea that such demons "feed" on negative human emotions, becoming "stronger" the more a person gives in to these negative feelings.

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    Sorry that I don't have time to go to direct sources, but I thought this general answer would at least serve as a helpful pointer for further research.
    – DukeZhou
    Jan 12, 2018 at 18:56

THE ALGEA were the personified spirits (daimones) of pain and suffering--body and mind--, grief, sorrow and distress. They were the bringers of weeping and tears. The Algea were related to Oizys, the milder spirit of misery and sadness, and Penthos, the god of mourning and lamentation. In Greek mythology, Oizys (/ˈoʊɪzɪs/; Ancient Greek: Ὀϊζύς) is the goddess of misery, anxiety, grief, and depression. She is the daughter of Nyx, the goddess of night and the twin of the god Momos.[1] Her Latin name is Miseria, from which the English word 'misery' is derived. She is also the younger sister of the Greek personification of the day, Hemera. She is a minor goddess without a great cult following, but a primordial goddess of misery and depression with a certain amount of mythological weight nonetheless. Sorry, I can search my Egyptian and Roman books, but they tend to have Gods more associated in pleasure. The best names to look up are Hades - as he was the soul guarder and made many deals for the lives during his ownership. In Egyptian lore look up high priests as they had access to the book of the dead. The only God Osiris. He was master of the underworld. Other than that we have the african demons like the Tikoloshe and in some cultures the bogeyman. There was a movie called the babadook. Which was a monster made from grief. But legend and myth are not it's source.

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