A ghul (from Arabic ghala, meaning 'to seize'), an evil spirit responsible for adopting the form of a beautiful woman, a hyena, or a snake in order to lure the unwary into the desert and to drag them off to the netherworld. They live near old graves and tombs in the wilderness, and can also adopt the form of a corpse in order to frighten someone. Ghila are similar to the Babylonian gallu demons. Their main task is to capture the souls of the living, but they can also cause illness in the eyes. This is the myth of how they were created: long ago, the demons wanted to eavesdrop on the gods in heaven. They climbed up the heavenly mountain to reach the third heaven, but Allah saw them and threw meteors at them, burning them and causing them to fall to earth. Those that fell into the waters became crocodiles, while those that fell onto the earth became ghila.