The Ekimmu (Edimmu) is one of the oldest vampires and myths, dating back to 4000 B.C.E.
The vampire creature is one of the most feared among the Assyrians and Babylonians. It is said that the Ekimmu was a departed spirit, or soul, of a dead person who is unable to find peace. The creature wondered the Earth waiting to attack.
The Ekimmu drank the blood of those who passed by and suck them dry of any life force. The Ekimmu was the first blood-sucking vampire and the first psychic vampire. The Ekimmu vampire was a violent and angry vampire that focused much of its anger on those who didn’t follow proper burial rites.
But, the Ekimmu didn’t stop there. The vampire pretty much preyed on any living being, causing family disasters, disease and other criminal activity on law-abiding citizens that may not have even known the Ekimmu when alive. Some myths claimed that the Ekimmu only possessed the living and did not physically harm them.
There were many ways that one could become an Ekimmu, to included violent and premature deaths, unfulfilled love, and improper burial.
The Ekimmu were sometimes portrayed as winged demons, walking corpses, moving shadows or even rushing wind.
Prevention is the best cure for an Ekimmu. The Babylonians and Sumerians would avoid places where and Ekimmu would live. Spirit Bowls, made of clay and inscribed with powerful spells, were used for protection against the dead.
As the legend goes, the Ekimmu didn’t die out, but they hide among the homeless in big cities, bringing along disease and pain.