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.

Pontianak

The Pontianak was a vampire from Java. It was a bansheelike creature that flew through the night in the form of a bird. It could be heard wailing in the evening breeze as it sat in the forest trees. The Pontianak was described as a woman who died a virgin or a women who died giving […]

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Kappa

The Kappa is the most vampire-like creature in Japanese folklore. It was described as creatures of the waters. It appeared as an unattractive, humanlike child with greenish-yellow skin, webbed fingers and toes, and somewhat like a monkey with a long nose and round eyes. The kappa even had a shell-like a tortoise and a concave […]

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Chedipe

The word ‘Chedipe’ literally means prostitute. The Chedipe is a very interesting vampire creature of India. She was a type of sorceress in the Godavari area. The Chedipe was pictured riding a tiger through the night. Stories said that the Chedipe was a sort of seductress who brings impurity into the home. At night, she would enter a […]

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Pisachas

The Pisachas was often mentioned with the Rakshasas. It was a lower scale of beings who were described with a hideous appearance. Pisachas were flesh-eating ghouls where were the source of malignant disease. The Pisachas was often described as the products of anger of the diety Brahma. After creating gods, demons, ancesters, and human-kind, Brahma became afflicted with hunger. When […]

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Rakshasas

The most well known vampire from India is the Rakshasas, which was generally described as ogres and demons who lived in cemeteries and wandered around at night. The Rakshasas were known to slay infants, as well as seeking out pregnant females. They were infamous for distrubing the affairs of people by disrupting the rituals, interrupting devotions, desecrating […]

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Mulo

Mulo, which literally means “one who is dead,” is a Gypsy vampire. Gypsies believed that death was unnatural, hence any death was an affront and viewed as being caused by evil forces attacking the individual. Thus, anyone who died may become a vampire, especially if the death was caused by a suicide or an accident. […]

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Sara

Sara, or the Black Virgin, is a figure that Gypsies derived from Kali, the bloodthirsty goddess in Indian mythology. Gypsies believed that the three Marys from the New Testament went to France and baptised a Gypsy named Sara. The hold a ceremony on May 24th in the French village where this was thought to have occurred. […]

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Brahmaparusha

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 […]

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