The Brahmaparusha originated from northern Indian folklore. Gypsies took stories of the vampire as they journeyed West.
The vampire creature was generally pictured with a head encircled by intestines and a skull filled with blood from which it drank.
When the Brahmaparusha attacked a new victim, it would pour the blood out of the victim’s neck into the skull and drink from the skull like a cup. After the body was drained of blood, the vampire would eat the brains. Then, the intestines were ripped out and added to around the neck or head of the vampire, as a trophy.
It took many humans before the Brahmaparusha was full, and it was said that after each kill, the vampire would dance around what was left of the corpse.
There was no way to protect yourself from the vampire except running and hiding.