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The Bhuta originated in western Indian folklore, but since India is the land of origin for Gypsies, the Bhuta was found in Gypsy folklore, as well.

The vampire was believed to be the soul of a man who died in an untimely fashion, such as accident or suicide.

The Bhuta wandered around at night, and it was able to animated dead bodies and in turn attack living people in a ghoulish fashion, to include sucking their blood.

They lived around cremation grounds, old ruins, and other abandoned locations, and in deserts. They may undergo transformations into either an owl or bat.

Bhutas were the ever-present evil spirit. They always ate filthy food and were always thirsty. They preferred milk and would often they would attack babies who had just fed.