Category Archives: South American Vampires

South America is composed of many countries, each with many stories of witches, demons and vampires. The Jararaca, Asema, Lobishomen, Piuchen and Civatateo are just a few of the vampires that are found in South American mythology.


The azeman vampire is a vampire from Surinam, in South America, north of Brazil. The azeman can transform into a bat, and according to some myths, the azeman can actually shapeshift into many creatures. The azeman vampire is a living vampire that is most often described as a woman vampire. She can walk during the […]

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The Asema took the form of an old man or woman, living a normal community life during the day but a secret life after dark. At night, the creature had the ability to transform into a vampire. It did so by taking off its skin and becoming a ball of blue light. In this form, […]

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The Lobishomen is a vampire from Brazilian folklore. This vampire preys mostly on women. The vampire does not actually kill its victims, but it draws small amounts of blood from the victims. After the attack, the woman would begin to show nymphomaniac tendencies. It’s said that the creature was created by witchcraft or from parents […]

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The Civatateo is a vampire witch from Aztec mythology. Civatateos were servants of the Aztec moon deities – Tezcatlipoca and Tlazolteotl. It was said that they were noblewomen who died during childbirth.  She appeared shrivelled and pale; her armed and hands were covered with ticit (a type of white chalk), and she wore a tattered dress decorated with crossbones. […]

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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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