A list of folkloric vampires from around the world (note- some may be extinct).
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A vampire spirit that dwells in tribal sorcers among the Ewe, a people inhabiting
parts ofsoutheastern Ghana and southern Togo in Africa. The Adze flies around
in the form of firefly but, if caught, changes into a human. It drinks blodd,
palm oil and coconut water and preys on children, especially handsome ones.
An arabic vampire, which translated means horse leech, or a blodsucking jinn.
This form of vampire is traditionaly a female demon that feasted upon dead
babies and inhabited cemeteries.
A German vampiric spirit associated with the boogeyman and the incubus, normally
tormenting the nights and dreams of women. The creatures physical manifestations
can be very dangerous. Long connected with the nightmare, the alp is considered
male, somtimes the spirit of a recently deceased relative, most often an
actual demon. Children can become an Alp when a mother uses a horse collar
to ease childbirth. During the middle ages the alp was said to appear as
a cat, pig, bird or other animal, including a lechorus demon dog scene in
Cologne, thus linking the werewolf in with this legend. In all its manifestations
the Alp is known to wear a hat. The spirit can fly like a bird, can ride
like a horse and is credited with a certain gallant attitude, rarely forcing
itself on its prey. The Alp drinks blood from the nipples of men and children
but prefers the milk of women. Because it is so involved in terrors of the
mind and sleep the Alp is virtually impossible to kill.
A vampire found in Africa, known among the Ashanti of southern Ghana and
by people in areas of the Ivory Coast and Togo. The Asanbosam is belived
to reside in deep forests, most often encountered there by hunters. It is
of general human shape, with two exceptions: its teeth are made out of iron
and its leg have hooklike appendages. Anyone walking by the tree in which
it resides will be scooped up and killed.
A vampire from the Philippines, belived to be a beautiful female by day and
a fearsome flying fiend by night. The Aswang can live a normal life during
daylight hours. At night however the creature is led to the houses of its
victims by night birds. Its nourishment isalways blood, and it prefers to
feed on children. The creature is recognized by its swollen form after feeding,
it looks almost pregnant. If the Aswang licks a persons shadow it is belived
that the person will die soon afterwards.
A Malysian vampire, assumed to be male, apperaing as a cat and normally
threatening children. The Bajang can be enslaved and turned into a demon
servant and is often handed down from one generation to the next within a
family. It is kept in a tabong(bamboo vessel) which is protected by various
charms. While imprisoned it is fed with eggs and will turn on its owner if
not enough food is provided. The master of such a demon can send it out to
inflict harm on his/her enemy, the enemy usually dying soon after of a mysterious
disease. According to traditions the Bajang came from the body of a stillborn
child, coaxed out of it by various incantations.
A Scotish vampire that normally disguised itself as a beautiful maiden and
lured its victims to there deaths. In fairy lore the Baobhan-sith usually
appeared dressed in green.
A tribe found in the Philippines that had members that practised a form of
psychic vampirism. They apparently sent out there astral bodys and fed on
the life forces and vitalty of individuals.
A vampire from India, normally created due to the violent death of an individual.
The Bhuta are found in cemetries or in dark desolate places, eating excrement
or intestines. An attack by one of these creatures usually resulted in severe
sickness or death.
A vampire from India that enjoys consuming human beings. This creature would
drink a victims blood through its skull, than eat the brain from the skull
and finally proceed to wrap the victims intestines around its body and perform
a ritual dance.
A female vampire from Portugal. The Bruxsa is normally transformed into vampiric
form by witchcraft. She leaves her home at night in the form of a bird and
her most frequent activity is tormenting weary lost travellers. She is said
to appear as a beautiful maiden and leads a normal human life by day, bearing
children which in general become her regular form of food. She is said to
be impossible to kill.
A witch found among the Oraons, cable of turning her soul into a form of
vampire cat. It is said that if the cat licks a persons lips that they will
die soon after.
A vengeful ghostlike vampire found in India, normally a woman that died while
pregnant during the Dewali Festival. She is said to hate life with her greatest
spite being kept for her relatives. The Churel is said to be vile in apperance,
possessing pendant breasts, thick ugly lips, a black tounge and unkept hair.
A witch-vampire found among the Aztecs. Said to be a servant of various moon
deities, and assummed to be noble women who died in child birth. Children
were there favourite victims, dying soon after attack of a wasting disease.
These vampires were said to appear with white faces, there hands covered
in white chalk, and with crossbones drawn on there clothing.
A Filipino vampire held to be very aincent as a species, responsible for
having planted taro on the islands long ago. The Danag worked with humans
for many years but the partnership ended one day when a woman cut her finger
and a Danag sucked her wound, enjoying the taste so much that it drained
her body completely of blood.
A dreaded creature of Ireland, whose name means "Red Blood Sucker." An aincent
vampire that dates back to celtic times, it is still feared. The only way
to curb its predations is to pile stones upon any grave suspected of housing
such a beast. The most famous tale of the Dearg-due is the story of a beautiful
woman supposedly buried in Waterford, in a small church yard near Strongbows
Tree. Several times a year she risesfrom her grave, using her stunning apperance
to lure man to there doom.
A German vampire found in northern regions, among the Wends (a Slavic race).
The idea was that a child once weaned would become a vampire if s/he should
nurse again. On its passing into a vampire the Doppelsauger will eat the
fleshy parts of its breast and in so doing will draw out the lifes essence
from a living relative.
One of the most feared of aincent vampires, found among the Assyrians and
Babylonians. It is said to be a departed spirit, the soul of a dead person
unable to find peace. The creature wondered over the earth waiting to attack.
There were many ways in which a person could become an Ekimmu, among these
were violent/premature death, unfulfilled love and improper burial.
A vampiric creature from Greek mythology, usually said to be in attendance
to the goddess Hecate. They are described as demons which can from time to
time take human form. There most common incarnation seems to have been in
the form of a Phoenician woman.
A Russian vampire, usually considered to be a heretic who has returned from
the dead. It was in general said to be a woman who sold her soul in life
and then returns in the form of a ragged old woman. At nightfall a group
of Ereticy would gather in ravines and perform a form of sabbat. Said to
be active only in spring and autumn, it was belived that seeing the eyes
of such a creature would result in a slow withering death.
A Hebrew spirit, always female and invaribly assuming the shape of a vampire.
The Estrie is considered to be an incorperal spirit of evil that has taken
the form of flesh and blood, and lives among humanity to satisfy its need
for blood. Its favourite prey is said to be children, allthough no one is
considered safe when it needs to feed.
A vampiric spirit from India. Usually created due to the death of a man who
has no one to properly perform the burial rites at his funeral. When he returns
the Gayal reeks his revenge upon the sons of others and upon his on relatives.
The threat of a relative returning as a Gayal usually ensures that the proper
funeral rites are preformed.
A vampiric servant of a witch found in the eastern Cape region of Africa.
It was usually passed down from mother to daughter and was used to inflict
suffering on ones enemys. Itwas said to have an insatiable appetite and had
to be continously let feed, it also used to take the form of a handsome man
and become a lover to its mistress.
Without doubt one of the most famous forms of vampires, the male form of
the Succubus,the Imcubus used to visit women at night, make love to them
and torment their dreams. It posses all the characteristic properties of
the vampire, with nightly visits to its victims, draining of life and strength
and extreme sexual desire. Like vampires found among Gypsyand Slavic communities
it can father children.
A Brazilian vampire, belived to appear in the form of a snake, it feeds on
the breast of a woman, doing this by pushing the child out of the way and
silencing the child by pushing its tail into the childs mouth.
A vampiric sorceress found in the Sind region of India. She feeds by extracting
a persons liver through a piercing stare and various incantations. The liver
is then cooked on a fire and eaten, at which time the victim dies.
A Japanese vampire that feeds by removing corpses from graves or prior to
cremation and devouring them.
A Dalamtian vampire about whom very little is known. Prevalent among Croat
A Chinese vampire, caused by the demonic poession of a recently deceased
corpse. Said to have a terrifying apperance, as it matures it gains new skills
with the older among them rumoured to have the ability to fly.
A Libyian vampire. According to legend Lamia was a Queen of Libya and all
of her children were slain by the goddess Hera, and who in revenge still
roams the earth feeding on infants. She is also said to entice men into sex
and then devours them in a gruesome fashion.
A Malysian vampire, said always to take the form of a beautiful woman. A
woman can become such a creature if she dies in childbirth. She is said to
have extremely long nails, dress in green robes and have black hair which
hangs down to her ankles. She generally feeds on the blood of children.
An Irish fairy mistress, not actually a vampire but engaging in vampiric
activities. She used her incredible beauty to lure men to her side and then
used her charms to place them under her spell. The victim would then waste
away as she slowly drained away his lifes essence through exhaustive love
A Brazilian vampire, that preys mainly on women. It does not actually kill
its victims preferring instead to draw small amounts of blood. After its
attack the woman begins to display nymphomanical tendencies.
A West Indian vampire said to go to a "Devil Tree" each night and remove
its skin. It then flies off in search of its victims, in the form of a sulfurous
A form of Albanian vampire, said to be reasonably harmless, only feeding
briefly on its victims, not actually killing them.
A Slavic vampire, also found in the legends of the Kashube people of Canada.
Said to be the spirit of an unbaptized dead girl, she is considered to be
a terrible night visitor who crushes and oppresses her victims. In the Slavic
legend once the Mara drinks the blood of a man she will fall in love with
him and will return to plauge his slumbers till his death. She is also said
to be fond of feeding on the blood of children.
A vampire from India, said to be usually the ghost of a child, that delights
in tormenting and killing children. The Masan is said to be able to curse
a child that walks in its shadow. It will also follow a woman home should
she allow her gown drag on the ground over his shadow.
A female vampire from India, she is said to be the spirit of burial grounds.
She is black in apperance. Her hunts are conducted by night, starting as
she emerges from a funeral pyre. Anyone passing the burial site will be attacked.
A vampire from Greek mythology, said to be a servant of the goddess Hecate.
Considered to be a terrible denzien of the underworld.
A living Romanian vampire. It can be either male or female, and exhibits
most of the characteristics of a Strigoii.
A kind of vampire found in the Wallachia region of Romania. It is said to
have the ability to change itself into a variety of different animal forms.
While in one of these incarnations the Muroni can kill easily, with misleading
signs of attack being left.
A vampire found among the Kashubes of northern Europe. This vampire has the
ability to kill its relatives by psychic means. While in its grave the vampire
will begin to devour its shroud and then pieces of its owm flesh. This causes
living relatives to begin to waste away.
A Slovak vampire, which can cause serious harm to the living. The Nelapsi
is said to be able to massacre entire villages in a single visit. It also
has the ability to kill with a single glance.
A German vampire, considered to be a great carrier of plagues and pestilence,
traditionally only seen in times of great epidemics.
A Romanian species of vampire, said to be the illegitimate child of parents
who were illegitimate. Soon after its burial the Nosferatu embarks on a long
career of destruction. It delights in tormenting and engaging in wild orgies
with the living. The male can father children. The vampire hates newly married
couples due to its own illegitmatcy and wreaks its revenge on such couples
by making the groom impotent and the bride barren.
A living vampire found among the Ashanti people of the Gold Coast in Africa.
It is said to be a male or female human which leaves its human body at night
and feeds. Said to be particualarly fond of young children, it can also cause
blight in crops.
A vampire from Poland, caused by the presence of teeth and a caul at birth.
A powerful vampire from India. The creature is deemed lord of all beings
of mischief. It is seem at night in cemetries and palces of execution.
A Malaysian spirit vampire. It invades a persons body, causing illness and
death. Victims will rant and rave while under its poession.
A Malysian vampire, which flies at night with only the head and neck of its
body complete and with its intestines dangling beneath them. The creature
is always female and generally feeds on children or women in labour.
A Slovenian vampire. It is created as a result of evils perpetrated during
a persons mortal life, particularly incest which is guaranteed to cause ones
return as a member of the undead. It generally feeds on relatives or descendents.
A vampire from India, said to be a creature created by humanitys vices. While
it is in general an evil deity, its favourite past time being the consumption
of fresh corpses, it can also cure diseases if enticed too.
A vampiric imp from Malaysia, created by bottleing the blood of a murdered
man and performing certain archaic rituals over the bottle, a bond is made
between the creator of the Polong and itself by allowing it to feed briefly
each day on a finger. It is closely associated with Pelesit
A vampire from India, whose name translates as "the injurer". The female
assumes the form of a beautiful woman, luring man to their death. In the
newer legends the Rakhassa is said to live in trees and induces vomiting
and indegestion in people who stray into its territory. A child will be
transformed into such a creature if he can be induced to eat human brains.
A living vampire found in Madagascar. A servant of the tribal elders the
Ramanga would consume the nail clippings and spilled blood of a noble member
of the tribe.
An Italian vampire, said to be on the side of goodness, and a mortal enemy
of all evil vampires.
A female witch-vampire which could transforn into a crow and would then drink
the blood of humans. Classified among the living vampires.
The infamous Romanian dead vampire. There numerous ways to become a Strigoii,
including being a seventh son and suicide. Generally said to be friendly
A female vampire, a fiend that visits men in there sleep to torment their
dreams and engage them in sex. The Succubus could render a victim totally
exhausted in its pursuit of carnal pleasure.
A living vampire found in Australia. This creature could communicate with
the spirit world, making one of these spirits its servant which it could
then send among the living. One version of the Talamaur could send out its
soul to drain the remaining life essence from a fresh corpse.
Vampiric witches found among the Nahuatl Indians of Mexico. They can turn
into a ball of flame or into a turkey, in which form they can feed unnoticed.
A Bulgarian vampire, created when a person dies violently or the spirit refuses
to leave the body. The corpse remains buried for forty days and then arises
to cause mischief. It generally won't drink blood until its other sources
of nourishment are gone, and as these include regular food the attacking
of humans rarely occurs. The Ubour is said to create sparks by its movement.
A Polish vampire that is unusual in the fact that it rises at mid day and
returns to sleep atmidnight. It is said to have a barbed tounge and consumes
vast quantities of blood. This creatures fascination with blood goes much
further than normal vampires as it sleeps in blood as well.
A vampire found in the Ukraine, that is noted for its desire to eat large
amounts of fish.
A Russian vampire, considered to be extremely vicious. It will first attack
children and then continue on to kill the parents. As with the Upier the
Upyr rises during the day and sleeps at night, and in doing so has a fairly
A Bulgarian vampire that preyed exclusively on cattle. Thought to be the
spirit of an unbaptisied child that has recently died.
A Babylonian vampire spirit, sometimes viewed as a demon. Generally belived
to be the spirit of a recently deceased person that has returned from the
grave for some unknown reason.
A Romanian vampire that ranks among the most powerfull of all the undead.
It is said to have the ability to cause both lunar and solar eclipses. They
may appear as pale humans with dry skin. They can travel on an astral thread,
the midnight spinning, travelling as far as need as long as the thread remains
A species of vampire found in Slovenia, linked in some ways to various werewolf
A Russian vampire, considered in Russian folklore to be a beautiful but evil
A species of vampire found in the Adriatic and Agean regions. It is created
by various means including an immoral life. It travels in the dark and knocks
upon doors, calling out the name of someone inside, if the person responds
they will die soon after. It gains further powers as it grows older.
A vampire species found on the island of Santorini. They are described as
fiends which banquet on the living.
A vampiric figure found in Moldavia. It took the form of a flame and entered
the room of a young girl or widow. Once inside the flame became a man who