Tokoloshe name generator
This name generator will give you 10 random names for Tokoloshe-like beings.
A Tokoloshe, also called Tikoloshe, Tokolotshe and Hili, is a small, goblin-esque spirit from Zulu and Xhosa mythology. These beings are said to be brought into our plane of existence by witch doctors, usually at the behest of an envious person seeking to torment whoever their source of envy is in some manner. Some Tokoloshe end up being nothing more than a mischievous spirit, but others can ruin lives or even end them.
The origin of the Tokoloshe myth is said to date back to the days when people would sleep on grass mats around fires. Under the wrong conditions, the carbon monoxide of the fire would suffocate those sleeping on the ground due to it sinking below regular air. In the Tokoloshe myth, putting your bed higher (usually on top of bricks) is said to prevent it from being able to get you.
Additionally, in some myths a Tokoloshe is created from the body of a deceased person. It takes out the eyes of the deceased to prevent it from thinking for itself and in some cases a hole in the forehead is created as part of the magics to create a Tokoloshe. The body also shrinks, ending in a very small, grey-skinned version.
For this name generator, I used Zulu and Xhosa influences for the names below. They're randomized and changed to convey a supernatural, yet familiar element of mythological beings. Some real names pop-up here and there as well due to this randomization. Those could either be ignored or be chosen to be linked to the creation process of a Tokoloshe using the body of a deceased. It's entirely up to you, of course.
To start, simply click on the button to generate 10 random names. Don't like the names? Simply click again to get 10 new random names.
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