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Bulgarian Vampire

The Bulgarian word for vampire is a variation of the Slavic vampire, derived from the Slavic word ‘opyri/opiri’. It may appear in modern text as vampir, vipir, vepir, or vapir, which is a variation of Russian. The modern idea of the Bulgarian vampire evolved over several centuries. Most commonly, the Bulgarian vampire was associated with […]

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Impundulu

The Impundulu vampire is a witch’s servant from the eastern Cape region of Africa. It is found in legends of the Pondo, the Zulu, and the Xhosa. The vampire is usually owned by a female and is later passed to the witch’s daughter. The witch that controleld the Impundulu vampire made sure that the creature was always […]

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Alp

The Alp (also known as Alb or Alf) is a vampire-like spirit known in German stories. The spirit was associated with the boogeyman and the incubus, normally known for tormenting the nights and dreams of women. The Alp is generally a male or the spirit of a recently deceased man; in other stories, it can […]

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Bruxa

Similar to Mexico’s Tlahuelpocmimi, the Bruxa is a vampire witch of Portugal. The Bruxa is a pre-Christian figure that became prominent in the Middle Ages at the time the Inquisition was focusing their attention on Pagan believes and malevolent activities of Satan. The Bruxa was generally a woman is considered a vampire because of her […]

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Tikoloshe

The Tikoloshe is an African vampire that looks like a baboon. The vampire-creature is found in the folklore of the Xhosa people of Lisotho and the southernmost African plains. The creature is described as short and bulky. It had a high forehead and a balding head. The Tikoloshe is said to have shape-shifting abilities and […]

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Piuchen

The Mapuche people of Southern Chile have a shape-sifting vampire-like creature known as the Piuchen, Peuchen, Pihuchen, Pihuychen, Pihuichen, Piguchen, or Piwuchen. The Piuchen is a feared flying creature that can take on many different forms. In most stories, the creature is described as a shape-shifter, but for the most part, they are serpentine or serpent-tailed. […]

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Ramanga

The Ramanga is a living vampire found in the legens of the Betsileo tribe of Madagascar. Some legends say that that Ramanga is a person that performs disgusting services for the chief of the tribe. The Ramanga was expected to eat the nail clippings and drink the blood of people in high standing within the tribes. […]

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