Balacho in Hindu mythology. The philosopher Shigemuni had sent out five hundred of his disciples to convert the world. The evil spirits, fearing that it would be snatched from their grasp, took the form of charming Peris, lovely maidens, and thus misled the disciples of the philosopher. The latter, in order to bring the disciples back, changed himself into a monstrous horse, Balacho, on which they could all be carried. Unfortunately, many of them still longed for their loved ones; and suddenly, having disappeared from the back of the horse, they fell a prey to the evil deemons. The Lama priests, who are familiar with this fable, eat no horse-flesh, which is a general food in Thibet and Tartary.