According to Nathaniel E. Kindersley, these were devils of Hindustan mythology. Some of the Hindus believed that the paigoels were originally created devils; other believed they were individuals put out of heaven because of their great sin. Some of these devils had individual names and were the tempters of men to special sins; others entered into the bodies of men and took possession of them. It was also believed that the souls of wicked men joined the paigoels.
Kindersley, Nathaniel E. Specimens of Hindoo Literature. N.p.,1794.