Category Archives: Asian Vampires

Vampires are quite common in Asian mythology, but there are a handful of vampires. There are stories about the Hanh Saburo, Yama, Manduruo, Paco Pati, Gayal, Langsuyar, Danag, Bjang, Algul, Pelesit and many other vampires.

Pelesit

The Pelesit is a Malaysian vampire that accompanies the Polong in its travels. Some stories claim that it appears as a house cricket. It has a razor sharp tail that it uses to burrow into a victim, making a sound when the hole is big enough for the Polong to enter it. In order to create a Pelesit, one would […]

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Polong

The Polong is said to be a small female creature that’s about an inch tall. The creature could be attracted by gathering the blood of a murder victim in a bottle during the 17-day ritual. One would wait for the sound of young birds chirping, which was a sign that the Polong had taken residence in the […]

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Penanggalan

The Penanggalan is a Malaysian vampire that according to tradition originated with a woman in the midst of performing dudok bertapa, a penance ceremony. The woman was sitting in a large wooden vat used for holding the vinegar derived from the sap of the palm tree. In the midst of her ceremony, a man found her and […]

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Gayal

The Gayal was a vampire creature of Indian legends. It was a spirit that was usually created due to the death of a man who did not have proper burial rites. When he returns from the dead as a Gayal, the vampire seeks revenge on its own relatives and the sons of others. The threat and […]

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Langsuyar

The Langsuyar, or Langsuir, is the most popular vampire of Malaysia. The vamprie creature was described as being a beautiful woman who reacted strongly to the loss of her stillborn baby. She flew into the trees and became a demon of the night, attacking and sucking the blood of children. Langsuyars would often lead a […]

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Bajang

The Bajang is a vampire creature of Malaysia. The vampire creature is assumed to be a male that appears like a cat, such as a pole cat or a weasel. There are different ways to create a Bajang. According to some stories, the Bajang came from the body of a stillborn child, In others, it’s said […]

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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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