Category Archives: African Vampires

Vampires are throughout African folklore and mythology. Popular vampires include the Asanbosam, Algul, Adze, Impundulu, Tikoloshe, Ramanga, Obayifo, Sadabonsam and the Asasabonsam.

Asanbosam

The Asanbosam is an African vampire found amongst the people of Ghana and Togo. The Asanbosam lives in the trees and forests, feeding mainly on those who wander through its domain. The vampire waits quietly in the trees, hanging by their curved, hook-like feet, and pounce on its unsuspecting prey. They rip out the throats […]

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Algul

The Arab world stresses through parts of Western Asia and North Africa. The Algul is a vampire from the Arabic culture who inhabited cemeteries. Algul translates to horse leech or bloodsucking jinn. The Algul is generally a female demon that feasted on dead bodies. Some stories say that the female vampire demon arranges orgies on […]

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African Vampires

To the African people, vampires exist because they are a class of people who are able to defy death and exert a malignant influence from the grave. African vampires were often people who died in defiance of the community or from suicide. There are many different types of vampires within African folklore to include Obayifo, […]

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Adze

The Adze is a vampire creature found in the legends of the Ewe people of Southern Togo. The Adze commonly took the form of a firefly. If caught, the firefly would turn into a quasi-human form with a hunchback, sharp talons, and jet-black skin. Once in the quasi-human form, the African vampire would kill its […]

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Impundulu

The Impundulu vampire is a witch’s servant from the eastern Cape region of Africa. It is found in legends of the Pondo, the Zulu, and the Xhosa. The vampire is usually owned by a female and is later passed to the witch’s daughter. The witch that controleld the Impundulu vampire made sure that the creature was always […]

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Tikoloshe

The Tikoloshe is an African vampire that looks like a baboon. The vampire-creature is found in the folklore of the Xhosa people of Lisotho and the southernmost African plains. The creature is described as short and bulky. It had a high forehead and a balding head. The Tikoloshe is said to have shape-shifting abilities and […]

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Ramanga

The Ramanga is a living vampire found in the legens of the Betsileo tribe of Madagascar. Some legends say that that Ramanga is a person that performs disgusting services for the chief of the tribe. The Ramanga was expected to eat the nail clippings and drink the blood of people in high standing within the tribes. […]

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Obayifo

The Obayifo is a vampire-like creature of West Africa. The folklore mostly surrounds the Ashanti people, but the Dahomey people refer to the same creature as the asiman. In folklore, the creature may inhabit the bodies of ordinary people. They have shifty eyes and are obsessed with food. The obayifo emit a phosphorescent light from […]

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Sasabonsam

The Sasabonsam is similar to that of the asasabonsam, except it does not have hook feet. The African Sasabonsam appears human but has many features of bats. They have short stubby arms and wings. Some legends say that the African creature had a wingspan of about 20 feet. The creature had emaciated bodies and twisted […]

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