Tuesday, December 14, 2021

Kathakano or Catacano Vampire

The Kathakano possesses the closest similarity to the western vampire.  It is a pale blood-sucking creature that walks on the darkest of night and spread disease that causes the random death of the villagers, more like a generic vampire. A Catacano is a grinning vampire, so there is a widespread belief in Crete not to trust anyone smiling.


How to Identify a Kathakano/Catacano



At first sight, a kathakano might look like an average stranger passing by.  He seems like a happy and friendly drunkard.  However, if you get too close to this creature, it will spit blood on you that would cause a terrible burning sensation.  The spit of this vampire creature was believed to contain a high amount of acidity produced by its undead body.  While the victim is excruciating in pain, the Catacano would charge and devour its victim using its sharp teeth.


How to Kill a Catacano


Like most vampires, it is better to kill a kathakano while sleeping.  A Catacano would return from its grave in the morning, where it rests, and it is in its most vulnerable state.  When the casket is opened, and the suspected corpse contains no decay, there's a high probability that they are a vampire.  A person should behead the carcass immediately.  They would then have to place the head on a large pot filled with vinegar and melted snow.  He should then boil the mixture of water and vinegar.


After a few minutes of boiling the mixture, they should place the head on the boiling vinegar using tongs.  The process should last for an hour; the time kept according to a priest's pocket watch.  After this, the method of repelling the undead manifestation is complete.  The head should be placed back to the casket to be reburied.


However, on the off chance that the attack of the kathakano persists, the head and the whole corpse should be burned until it turns into ashes.  The ashes should be returned to the casket and reburied.

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