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A Scourge of Vampires

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Not to be confused with a malignity of goblins, a scourge of vampires is a bunch of the bloodsuckers. This entry is about a bunch of KINDS of vampire like monsters from Asia.

If your idea of a vampire begins and ends with a Hungarian dressed like a head waiter, this might open up some new ideas for you! If your image of a vampire *sparkles*, you may have stumbled into the wrong forum.

Vampire-like figures have a long history in the mythology of Asia.

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Indian folklore describes a number of nightmarish characters, including rakshasa, gargoyle-like shape-shifters who preyed on children, and vetala, demons who would take possession of recently dead bodies to wreak havoc on the living.

Hanh saburo is a vampire from India that dwells in the forest, deep in the woods, surrounded by thick vegetation. It has the ability to control dogs and wolves. Hanh saburo often was invisible, but sometimes it was seen as a ball of light. The best way to detect a hanh saburo vampire was by the foul odor.

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In Chinese folklore, corpses could sometimes rise from the grave and walk again. These k'uei were created when a person's p'o (lower spirit) did not pass onto the afterlife at death, usually because of bad deeds during life. The p'o, angered by its horrible fate, would reanimate the body and attack the living at night. One particularly vicious sort of k'uei, known as the Kuang-shi (or Chiang-shi), could fly and take different forms. The Kuang-shi was covered in white fur, had glowing red eyes and bit into its prey with sharp fangs.

The Bhuta originated in western Indian folklore, but since India is the land of origin for Gypsies, the Bhuta was found in Gypsy folklore, as well. This vampire was believed to be the soul of a man who died in an untimely fashion, such as accident or suicide. The Bhuta was able to animated dead bodies and in turn attack living people in a ghoulish fashion, to include sucking their blood. They might transform into an owl or bat.

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Filipino legend tells us of the Aswang, a shapeshifting vampire that lives as a regular person during the day but an animal at night. The aswang enjoyed eating unborn babies and small children, favoring the livers and hearts the best. Some aswangs have long appendages from the head that they used to suck children out of the womb.

Every dawn, the creature returns to its human form, and begins living its normal life, as a spouse, parent, and friend. It’s said that the creature is able to wash itself of a special ointment that it uses to possess its power and returns to a normal form.

The flying aswang typically maintained the appearance of a beautiful maiden who engaged in vampiric activities at night and to return home before dawn to resume a normal life. Some women had an ointment that they rub on their body before their nocturnal activities as a source of their supernatural abilities.

The Tagalog people spoke of Mandurugo, a vampire who was described as “The Girl with Many Loves.” Apparently, a beautiful young woman married at 16 to a husky young man; within a year, the husband withered away. After his death, the woman married again, with the same result. The same thing happened to the third husband. The fourth husband, who had been warned, went to sleep one night with a knife in his hands. After midnight, he felt a presence over him and then a ***** on his neck. He stuck the knife into the creature, and heard a screech and the flapping of wings. The next day his bride was found dead a distance away from their house with a knife wound in her chest.

In Malaysia, the Polong is said to be a small female creature that’s about an inch tall. The creature could be attracted by gathering the blood of a murder victim in a bottle during a 17-day ritual. One would wait for the sound of young birds chirping, which was a sign that the Polong had taken residence in the bottle. The Polong was fed by cutting a finger, inserting it into the bottle, and allowing her to suck the blood.

The Pelesit is a Malaysian vampire that accompanies the Polong in its travels. Some stories claim that it appears as a house cricket. It has a razor sharp tail that it uses to burrow into a victim, making a sound when the hole is big enough for the Polong to enter it.

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The Langsuyar, or Langsuir, is the most popular vampire of Malaysia. The vampire creature was described as being a beautiful woman who reacted strongly to the loss of her stillborn baby. She flew into the trees and became a demon of the night, attacking and sucking the blood of children. Langsuyars would often lead a normal life in the daytime, returning to the village. They may marry and have children, and feed off the other children during the night.

The Chordewa is a vampire creature of Oraon, a tribe of Bengal. Thie Chordewa is a witch that can turn her soul into a black vampire cat. When in the form of cat, the Chordewa snuck into the homes of sick or dying people, eat all their food, and lick their lips. The person would die shortly after.

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Arab lore from Western Asia to North Africa tells us of the Algul - a vampire who inhabits cemeteries. Algul translates to horse leech or bloodsucking jinn. The Algul is generally a female demon that feasts on dead bodies. Some stories say that the female vampire demon arranges orgies on the dead. Wouldn't THAT make a popular haunt?!

The world has many more vampires and vampiric creatures to haunt your dreams and fill your haunts. These are but a few of the more exotic ones. I encourage you to seek out others if you have not already. If you have, what is your favorite kind of exotic vampire?

Do you have a "non standard" vampire in your haunt, or have the exotic stories inspired you in any way?

Happy haunting!
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