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Thaye and Tasei

The Myanmar culture has very little vampire lore. Because the Buddhists tend to cremate their dead, the vampire lore is minimal. They do have a rich tradition of ghosts and demonic beings. Thaye and Tasei were malevolent ghosts that were condemned to their disembodied state until they had worked out their karmic difficulties and were eventually reborn […]

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Bas

The Chewong people of Malaysia called a collection of many spirits as a Bas. There are various kinds of Bas, some of which under difference circumstances would attack humans. The Bas usually ate a ruwai, which is translated to soul, life, or vitality They preferred wild pig, and would set traps to catch the pig’s […]

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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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Estrie

The Estrie was a female vampire spirit that assumed the shape of a woman at her will. It is said that they can also turn into birds, cats, and other various animals. The Estrie preyed on Hebrew people, especially men and children The vampire creature fed on blood to survive, and by some stories were identical […]

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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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