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Asanbosam

The Asanbosam is an African vampire found amongst the people of Ghana and Togo. The Asanbosam lives in the trees and forests, feeding mainly on those who wander through its domain. The vampire waits quietly in the trees, hanging by their curved, hook-like feet, and pounce on its unsuspecting prey. They rip out the throats […]

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Lampir

Lampir is the given name for the vampire of Bosnia. It was similar to the vampires along the Slavs, and was interchangeable with the term ‘vukodlak,’ used in Croatia. The main cause of designating a person to be a Lampir was disease. When a disease swept through a community, and the cause of the disease was […]

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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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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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Vampires in Italy

In Italy, the vampire phenomenon took on a modern identity when a “vampiric plague” hit Serbia and other lands in Eastern Europe in the 17th century. Italians contributed to the animated international debate that began on the nature of this phenomenon, which ultimately contributed to and inspired 19th century vampire literature. Within the debate various […]

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