Masan and Masani

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Indian lore has many vampires to include Masan and Masani. Mason is the male vampire, who is said to be the ghost of a child, and Masani is a female vampire, who is said to be the spirit of burial grounds.

Masan prefers feeding on and tormenting children. Some stories say that the vampire is able to curse a child that walks in its shadow. The Masan vampire will also follow women home if her gown drags the ground over his shadow.

Masani hunts by night, emerging from a funeral pyre. She attacks anyone who passes the burial site.

There is no way to protect oneself from either vampire creature, but some believe that learning protective Sanskrit chants may be toward one’s benefit. Throwing seeds out, avoiding burial sites, and avoiding creepy children with long shadows are also potential protection against the vampires.