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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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Bhuta

The Bhuta originated in western Indian folklore, but since India is the land of origin for Gypsies, the Bhuta was found in Gypsy folklore, as well. The vampire was believed to be the soul of a man who died in an untimely fashion, such as accident or suicide. The Bhuta wandered around at night, and it […]

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Callicantzaros

The callicantzaros was a peculiar type of Greek vampire that was discussed by Leo Allatius in his 1645 treatise, De Graecorum hodie quorundam opinationibus. The callicantzaros was related to the sanctity ascribed to Christian holy days at Christmas time. It was said that children born during the week between Christmas and New Years (or Epiphany of […]

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Vrykolakas

Vrykolakas were the true Greek vampires. It was believed that a person could become a vrykolakas by living an immoral life, being excommunicated, died a violent death, buried without proper church rites, or being buried in unconsecrated ground. It was also thought that if you ate sheep that had been previously wounded by a werewolf, you […]

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Lamiai

Lamiai were named after Lamia. They were known demonic beings who sucked the blood from young children; however, they also had the power to transform themselves into beautiful young women in order to attract and seduce young men. Lamiai were known to live in caves and damp places. They tended to avoid temperature extremes, dry […]

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Lamia

Lamia was a Libyan queen and the daughter of Poseidon and Lybie. Lamia was one of Zeus’ loves, and when Hera became jealous of the attention her husband was giving to Lamia, she robbed Lamia of all her children, each of whom had been fathered by Zeus. Hera cursed Lamia with the inability to close […]

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Bluatsauger

In Bavarian folklore, the people believed that those who had not been baptized became vampires. Those involved in witchcraft, lived an immoral life, or committed suicide, would also become vampires, as well as people who eat the meat of an animal killed by a wolf or if an animal jumped over the grave during the […]

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Nachtzehrer

The Nachtzehrer was a revenant (visible ghost or animated corpse that had returned from the grave to terrorize the living), similar to that Slavic vampire. Nachtzehrers were recently deceased who returned from the grave to attack the living, usually family and village acquaintances. The nachtzehrer usually originated from an unusual death. A person who died […]

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