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Empusa

Empusa was not a traditional vampire in the sense of a reanimated corpse, but she was a vampire spirit. In Greek mythology, Empusa was a demigoddess often associated with Lamia and Mormo. In later Greek mythology, her role was reduced to a species of Hecate, called empuse, or empusa. The empusae (plural of empusa) were […]

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Vampire Crimes

There have been many people throughout history who have been labeled as real vampires. We have Elizabeth Bathory who killed over 600 people, Marquis de Sade, Gilles de Rais, Vlad Tepes, and so many others. These real people have partaken in vampiric crimes of drinking human blood for either sexual purposes or psychological reasonings. There […]

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Chiang-Shih

The Chiang-Shih (or Kiang Shi, Kuang-shi, or Jiang Shi) is the Chinese vampire derived from the believe in two souls. Each person had a superior rational soul and an inferior irrational soul. The former had the form of the body and upon separation could appear as its exact double. The superior soul could leave the sleeping […]

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Kali

Kali is the Indian goddess with a dual nature- motherly and fierceness. The stories vary, but in one, it is said that she became drunk off the blood of her enemies on the battlefield. She is often seen dancing on corpses with fangs protruding from her bloodied lips. The goddess mad her most famous appearance in […]

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Ustrel

The ustrel was a blood thirsty vampire of Bulgaria. The ustrel was not something that most people could actually see. It was described as the spirit of a child who had been born on a Saturday but died before receiving a baptism. On the ninth day after its burial, the ustrel was thought to work […]

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African Vampires

To the African people, vampires exist because they are a class of people who are able to defy death and exert a malignant influence from the grave. African vampires were often people who died in defiance of the community or from suicide. There are many different types of vampires within African folklore to include Obayifo, […]

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Obur

The obur, borrowed from the Turkish word for glutton, was the Bulgarian vampire among the Gagauz people. The obur was noted as a gluttonous blood drinker. The obur was vary loud and capable of creating noises, like firecrackers, as well as was known to move objects like a poltergeist. In order to get rid of […]

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Adze

The Adze is a vampire creature found in the legends of the Ewe people of Southern Togo. The Adze commonly took the form of a firefly. If caught, the firefly would turn into a quasi-human form with a hunchback, sharp talons, and jet-black skin. Once in the quasi-human form, the African vampire would kill its […]

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