Cave temple, Mulkirigala. Same sorta thing. With grease.
Grease Yakas, grease devils or bhuthaya are (mythical) men that grease themselves up and break into homes and either steal or rape/kill women. The police have said it’s a myth, but the rumor has been blazing around the inter and outer webs like, well, greased lightning. Sri Lankans have been tying suspects to trees, and now there are rumors that two people were killed in Haputale. I think this has gotten out of hand.
First off, is a greased up robber/rapist so much worse than a non-greasy one, or one that merely moisturizes? I remember reading in some children’s story about a robber who greased himself to become more slippery, thus eluding his captors. It’s not an especially new idea. Somebody broke into my cousin’s house through a window the size of a shoebox. I hope he was using lubrication.
What’s new is that this idea of grease robbers has become associated with rapists, killers and also demons and the supernatural. Now this story has gone viral and people are freaking out a bit. The Special Task Force (military police, basically) has been deployed and mobs are taking justice into their own hands.
The police are denying that grease yakas exist, and then reporting that they’ve arrested grease yakas. So it’s like, not helping. While there may be robbers and they may be using grease, there are literally not grease ‘demons’. Demons don’t exists, at least not so obviously. There is also no organized group or theology to which the term ‘grease demons’ refers. This is not some flash mob organized via BlackBerry Messenger and sponsored by Vaseline. It’s a rumor attached to normal levels of crime, gone out of control.
I know a lot of people who are honestly freaked out, to the detriment of all the greasy men in their neighborhood. The cops are like WTF and even Nazly is like WTH but the rumor continues to course around the country.
It was funny for a while, but people are dying over what? Grease Yakas are not real. Crime is, and sometimes you have to tie people to trees, but when people are dying I think things have gotten out of hand.