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The history of writing about the vampire goes back centuries and it would seem

there is a great preoccupation with these undead creatures and their clans.


The Asasabonsam are vampyres of Ashanti peoples of Western Africa. Humanoid in appearance with iron teeth. It dwells in the forest, sitting in the trees, using it's hook-shaped feet to ensnare unwary passers-by.


The story of the Aswang is one that parents in the Phillipines used to keep their children in line. The Aswang most often appeared as a beatiful maiden who lead a normal life during the day. However, the Aswang would engage in vampiric activities at night. The Aswang used an ointment that would bestow them with supernatural powers. When feeding, the Aswang would become a large bird, and land on a prospective victim's roof. It would then let down it's long pointy tongue, prick the victim's jugular vein, and suck the blood through it's hollowed tongue. After feeding, the Aswang would resemble a pregnant woman.


South American vampire, usually seen as an elderly person during the day The Asema could take off its skin, and become a blue ball of light during the night. It would feed while it was in this blue light form. Popular forms of protection against the Asema were garlic, eating herbs that would make one's blood bitter, and scattering rice or sesame seeds outside one's door, which it had to pick up before it could enter.

Baobban Sith

The Baobban Sith are evil Scottish fairies, who appear as beautiful young women(sometimes ravens or crows, as well) and will dance with men they find (keeping their hooved feet hidden) until the men become exhausted, and then feed upon them.


The Chewong people of Malaysia believed in the Bas. The food of the Bas was ruwai (translated as soul, vitality, or life). The Bas most often hunted pigs, but would occasionally attack humans, if hunger-driven enough, or by accident. The most common way to keep the Bas away was to build a fire, which it saw as a sign of civilization or humanity, and it would stay away.


See Vetala.


The Bhuta are Indian monsters, who are said to reside in and around cremation grounds, old ruins, and other abandoned locations, especially in deserts. They could transform into either owls or bats. They ate filthy food, and were always thirsty. They liked milk, and often attacked babies who had just fed. They were also said to have the ability to posses people. These creatures might act in a vampiric fashion at times, but were generally just seen as malevolent, not as vampires.


This is the German word for "Bloodsucker". This vampire was created by bizarre death and birth occurances. If a person's name was not removed from their burial clothing, they would become a vampire. When a group of people suddenly died from a similar disease, the first to die was deemed a vampire and was dispatched with. To dispatch this vampire a clump of earth was placed underneath its chin. Other times a stone or coin was placed in the corpses mouth. Another method was a white hankerchief tied around the neck of the corpse. A more brutal method was to cut off the head, drive a spike through the mouth, and a steak through the stomach.


These vampire-like creatures had head encircled with intestines, and a skull filled with blood from which it drank. This legend comes from India.


These are Greek children born in the week between Christmas and New Years (believed to be unlucky). They were believed to be destined to become vampires after their deaths. They were only active during Christmas Day and the twelve days afterward. They would tear apart victims using their long fingernails. The Callicantaros are not necessarily vampires, in the usual sense of the word.

Chiang Shih

The vampire-like creatures of China were called Chiang Shih. They were created when a cat jumped over a dead person's corpse. They would kill with a poisonous breath in addition to draining blood. If a Chiang Shih encountered a pile of rice, it must count the grains before it could pass on. Their immaterial form is a sphere of light, much like Will-O-the-Wisps.


Aztec women who died in childbirth, as well as their babies. They wandered the night and attacked children, leaving them paralyzed or diseased. Described physically as having white faces, and very chalky arms and hands. They wore the garb of Tlazolteotl, goddess of sorcery, lust, and evil.


A mortal male child with special powers born of the unholy union between a male vampire and a female gypsy (they were very rare as most were stillborn). Dhampir's could spot a vampire on sight and made very powerful vampire hunters.


In Ireland many druids speak of Dearg-Duls. The Dearg-Dul was to be killed by building a cairn of stones upon the grave. Also spelled Dearg-Due.


These are assyrian malignant spirits (half ghost, half vampire) caused by an improper burial. Naturally invisible and capable of possessing humans. They could be destroyed by using wooden weapons or by exorcism.


The Kappa are about as close as any Japanese monster gets to being a vampire. These unattractive human-like children, had greenish yellow skin, webbed fingers and toes, and somewhat like a monkey with a long nose and round eyes. They had shells like tortoises, smelled like fish, and had a concave head that held water, which, if spilled, would cause the Kappa to lose its strength. Kappas fed from the edge of water, pulling creatures in, and sucking their blood out through their anuses (yes, you read that correctly).


The Kathakano is a Crete vampire much like your generic vampire, but can only be killed by chopping off the head and boiling it in vinegar.


A Greek vampire named after the Libyan Queen Lamia, daughter of Belus and Libya. Lamia was loved by Zeus and produced several children by him. Hera (Zeus's wife & queen of the Gods) took her vengance on Lamia by stealing her children. Lamia who could not strike back at Hera, used human mothers as her scapegoat and drank the blood of their children. Her actions turned her into a hideous beast. The creatures who resembled her became known as the Lamiai. They were exclusively female vampires, which often appeared in half human, half animal (most often a snake and always the lower part) form. They had the power to shapechange into beautiful young maidens, to attract and seduce young men in that form. They ate the flesh of their victims as well as drinking the blood. Lamias could be attacked and killed with normal weapons.


See Vrykolakas.


A Malaysian woman of great beauty, who bore a stillborn child, and when told of the condition of said child, she would be shocked(as any mother would), and after coming out of her stupor, she would clap her hands, and fly away into a nearby tree. She would then be seen every once in a while wearing a green robe, having long fingernails, and with ankle-length black hair. The hair hid an orifice in her neck with which she would suck the blood of children. To prevent a woman from becoming a Langsuyar, glass beads would be placed in her mouth to prevent banshee-like screams, eggs under her arms, and needles in her palms to prevent flying. It was supposedly possible to tame a Langsuyar. A Pontianak was the stillborn child of the Langsuyar.


A Hungarian Succubus-like creature, that could appear as a person, animal, or shining light. It is said that they did not have the abillity to shapechange, but rather existed in all shapes at once, choosing which form an observer might see it in.


The loogaroos are often old women, in the folklore of Haiti and other islands in the West Indies, who'd made pacts with the devil. The devil would ask for some warm blood each night, and in return, give the loogaroos magical powers. When retrieving blood, they would take their skin off, and take the form of a fiery ball of light.


German for "Night Killer". See Bluatsauger.


German for "Night Waster". See Bluatsauger.


German for "Killer Of Nine". See Blautsauger.


Nosferatu is a moden word derived from Old Slavonic word, nosufur-atu, which was borrowed from the Greek nosophoros, meaning, "a plague carrier". Quite often this word is used to signify your generic run-of-the-mill vampire.


This literally means, "one who is dead." The Mulé(Mulo plural) are believed in by Gypsies. A Mulo was any individual, especially a person who died an untimely death(suicide, accident), that might become a vampire and search out the person or persons who caused their death. Physical appearance of Mulé is usually normal, except for a possible missing finger, animal-like appendage, or other such abnormality. The Slavic and German Gypsies often believed that vampires had no bones, and thus, the Mulé supposedly were boneless.


A small bald humanoid, that would move around on all fours, and was claimed to be invisible. He would attack by jumping on his victim, and sucking on their breasts. The Nora was known mainly in Hungary.


The Bulgarian gluttonous blood drinker know as the Obur was very loud, capable of creating noises not unlike that of a firecracker, with the ability to move objects like a poltergeist.


Malaysian vampiric being that took on the form of a house cricket. If someone was being attacked by a Polong, the pelesit generally accompanied it. The Pelesit would arrive before the Polong, enter the victim's body, and prepare the way for the Polong.


The Malaysian Penanggalan was female, with its head separated from its body, and their intestines hanging down. She would live in a tree, and fly from house to house, sucking the blood of newly born children, and sometimes even their mothers.


These creatures originate from India, and the word means literally, "eaters of raw flesh." They're hideous in appearance, bloodthirsty, and repellant. They're supposedly products of the anger of the deity Brahma.


A very small Malaysian female (1 inch tall), which was believed to be a witch's familiar. In return for daily blood from the witch, the Polong would do many tasks, including attacking the witch's enemies. See also Pelesit.


A Malaysian Langsuyar's stillborn child believed to take the form of a night owl. To prevent a deceased baby from becoming a Pontianak, it was treated the same as the Langsuyar.


This is one of the more well-known vampiric races from India. They were often described as ogres or demons who would live in cemeteries, disrupt rituals, and interrupt devotions. The slaying of infants was a common passtime of the Rakshasa. Quite often the Rakshasa would take on a half breed form, half humanoid, half animal.


A Scottish malignant spirit who haunted abandoned castles and other places where violence had occurred. If one slept in a spot haunted by the redcap, it would attempt to dip its cap in human blood. It could easily be driven off with a word from the Bible or a cross.


This is the major Romanian vampire. It's the most common and well-known type of vampire. There is a Strigoi, and a Strigoi Mort (both Romanian vampires). The Strigoi was a live vampire, and Strigoi Mort was a dead vampire. The Strigoi could be discovered by an unusual occrurrence either at their birth (born with a caul or a little tail) or death (suicide or an accident). There's also the Strigoi Vii, witches destined to become a Strigoi Mort vampires after death.


This is a race in Europe that is sometimes considered a vampiric race. The general way they feed is by having sexual relations with the victim, exhausting them and, then feeding on the energy released during sex. They may enter homes uninvited and can take on the appearance of another person. They will often visit the same victim more than once. The victim of a Succubus will experience the visits as dreams. The male version of a Succubus is an Incubus.


From Trinidad, these vampires resemble the Loogaroo. They would leave their skin at night and travel as a blue ball of light in search of blood. If caught, a sukuyan would undergo a transformation into an animal. Without its skin it would be unable to resume a humanoid form.


The Tenartz of Montenegro were corpses taken over by spirits who would roam around at night sucking sleeping people's blood. They would change into mice to enter and exit their gravesites.


Aztec (usually female) who had the ability to shapeshift into various animals and suck people's blood, most often infants. The most common form was a turkey, but dogs, cats, buzzards, and others were reported.


These vampires come from Poland and Russia (also called Viesczy). They have a sting under their tongue instead of the fangs. They are active from noon to midnight and can only be destroyed by burning. When burned, the body will burst, giving rise to hundreds of small, disgusting animals (maggots, rats, etc.). If any of these creatures escape then the Upierczi's spirit will escape too, and will return to seek revenge.


See Vrykolakas.


This is a Bulgarian vampire, who was a child that had been born on a Saturday, and died before baptism. On the ninth day of its burial, an Ustrel was believed to rise from its grave, and attack local sheep and cattle, draining their blood. If an Ustrel was attacking a community's livestock, one could hire a vampirdzhija, or vampire hunter. This person had an ability to see the Ustrels, and could detect whether or not there was an Ustrel in the community(sounds like a good scam to me).


This Indian vampire spirit is also known as the Betail. It is said that they inhabited and animated the bodies of the dead. Vetalas are the subject for many Indian stories and legends, but I myself had a bit of trouble finding more information on them.


See Upierczi


This Polish vampire was a person who was born with a caul (membrane cap) on his head at the time of birth who would later become a vampyre. The cap was removed, dried, ground up, and fed to the person on their seventh birthday to prevent them from becoming a Vjesci. A Vjesci looked perfectly human, was restless, easily excitable, and had a ruddy complexion. At the time of their "death" the Vjesci would renounce God. The Vjesci would never actually die and would rise at midnight after the burial. The Vjesci would eat at the burial clothing and bits of his flesh. He would then leave the grave and attack a family member by sucking out all their blood. Unsatisfied, he would move on to neighbors. To be rid of the Vjesci the people of the town would receive a Eucharist wafer. They would then place a little earth on the coffin to prevent it from returning there. They would place a crucifix or coin in the mouth of the Vjesci and wrap it in a net (the Vjesci was only allowed to untie one knot of the net per year and could not rise until all the knots were untied). The body would be placed face down, so that when the vampyre awoke, it would dig deeper into the earth.


Vrykolakas(Greek) is pretty much interchangeable with Lampir(Bosnian), Vurvulak(Albanian), Upirina(Serbo-Croatian), and Vukodlak(Croatian). It was basically just an evil being amongst the Southern Slavs that attacked people at night, and it is said that there was one for every Slavic clan.


See Vrykolakas.


See Vrykolakas.


In Aboriginal cultures in Australia, there existed the Yara-ma-yha-who, a vampire-like being who was described as a small red man, about 4 ft tall, with no teeth, an exceptionally large head and mouth, and having the tips of its fingers and toes shaped like that of an octopus'. It was said to drop down from trees and drain people of blood with their fingers and toes, leaving them weak and helpless, and would come back later to swallow them whole.


These are, in short, Indian sorcerors that devour the remains left by the Rakshasas.

***A QUICK NOTE TO CLARIFY AN ISSUE: No where on these vampire/vampyre pages does it classify the vampire/vampyre lifestyle as "goth" nor is it my intent to represent it as such.***

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