Devalpa – This one is sneaky! Often appearing as a decrepit old man standing by the side of the road, sighing and weighed down by life. He pleads with the passers-by to carry him on their shoulders. If anyone does, he shape-shifts immediately, snakelike tentacles emerging from his stomach and wrapping around the human. The devalpa commands the human to ‘Work for me!’. The human may choose to live and be the devalpa’s slave – or die. Talk about a disincentive to be a good samaritan!