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According to Sumerian folklore, Kishnar [1] [2] is the master of earth and fire. He appears every 1,000 years to do battle with Anshar to determine who would rule the Earth and the elements. [3] [4]

HistoryEdit

Kishnar and Anshar knew that since they were immortal, neither of them could die and as a result, their battles always ended in a tie and ironically preserve the natural balance of the world. [5] Eventually, Anshar had the idea that they possess two humans to fight to the death, determining who would win. [6] [7] [8] When the Ghostbusters were stranded on their island, Kishnar possessed Ray Stantz and Anshar possessed Peter Venkman.

Whenever Ray and Peter got angry or started to fight (escalating their negative energy), they would increase in strength and transmutate into corporeal manifestations of Anshar and Kishnar. [9] [10] [11] The two demons were eventually defeated when the other Ghostbusters kept them from destroying one another until sunrise, causing the two demons to go dormant for another 1,000 years.

TriviaEdit

  • Kishnar's name is an anagram or a corruption of the name of the Hindu god Krishna.
  • Kishnar hates humans. [12]
  • On page 11 of Ghostbusters Issue #10, Kishnar makes a non-canon cameo as the name of an establishment that stands in for The Embers Steakhouse.

AppearancesEdit

The Real Ghostbusters

ReferencesEdit

  1. Anshar (2009). The Real Ghostbusters - "Very Beast Friends" (1990) (DVD ts. 01:54-01:56). Time Life Entertainment. Anshar says: "I am here, Kishnar!"
  2. Eatock, James & Mangels, Andy (2008). The Real Ghostbusters Complete Collection booklet, p. 37. CPT Holdings, Inc.
  3. Egon Spengler (2009). The Real Ghostbusters - "Very Beast Friends" (1990) (DVD ts. 14:50-15:11). Time Life Entertainment. Egon says: "According to Sumerian folklore, they were powerful spirits. Kishnar is master of fire and earth. Anshar, air and water. Every thousand years, they appear for one day to do battle. Each try to gain control of the world. But since they are immortal and cannot die, the battle always ends in a stalemate. So the natural balance of the world is maintained for another thousand years."
  4. Winston Zeddemore (2009). The Real Ghostbusters - "Very Beast Friends" (1990) (DVD ts. 15:38-15:30). Time Life Entertainment. Winston says: "If one dies, the other will dominate the elements."
  5. Kishnar (2009). The Real Ghostbusters - "Very Beast Friends" (1990) (DVD ts. 02:51-02:56). Time Life Entertainment. Kishnar says: "What's the use of fighting? Neither of us ever wins."
  6. Anshar (2009). The Real Ghostbusters - "Very Beast Friends" (1990) (DVD ts. 02:57-03:02). Time Life Entertainment. Anshar says: "But there may be a solution. Mortals can die."
  7. Kishnar (2009). The Real Ghostbusters - "Very Beast Friends" (1990) (DVD ts. 03:05-03:08). Time Life Entertainment. Kishnar says: "We'll each choose a champion from among the mortals."
  8. Anshar (2009). The Real Ghostbusters - "Very Beast Friends" (1990) (DVD ts. 03:09-03:12). Time Life Entertainment. Anshar says: "Yes, two earthly warriors to fight in our place."
  9. Kishnar (2009). The Real Ghostbusters - "Very Beast Friends" (1990) (DVD ts. 09:49-10:02). Time Life Entertainment. Kishnar says: "Yes. We shall enter their bodies - growing in strength as their negative energy increases until at last we can do battle as mortals."
  10. Egon Spengler (2009). The Real Ghostbusters - "Very Beast Friends" (1990) (DVD ts. 14:08-14:13). Time Life Entertainment. Egon says: "Fascinating. They're undergoing transmutational --"
  11. Winston Zeddemore (2009). The Real Ghostbusters - "Very Beast Friends" (1990) (DVD ts. 14:42-14:44). Time Life Entertainment. Winston says: "They change whenever they argue."
  12. Kishnar (2009). The Real Ghostbusters - "Very Beast Friends" (1990) (DVD ts. 16:27-16:31). Time Life Entertainment. Kishnar says: "And I hate humans."


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