Kathakano


The Kathakano possesses the closest similarity to the western vampire.  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 kathakano is a grinning vampire, so there is a popular belief in Crete to not trust anyone smiling.

At first sight, a kathakano might look at a normal stranger passing by.  He looks like a happy and a friendly drunkard.  But if you get to close to this creature, it will spit a 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.  And while the victim is excruciating in pain, the kathakano would charge and devour its victim using its sharp teeth.

Like most of the vampires, it is better to kill a kathakano while it is sleeping.  A kathakano would return from its grave in the morning, where it sleeps and of course, it is its most vulnerable state.  When the casket is opened and the suspected corpse contains no sign of decay then they must be a vampire.  A person should behead the corpse immediately.  They would then have to place the head on a large pot filled with vinegar and melted water that comes from the 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 a tongs.  The boiling should last for an hour, the time kept according to a priest pocket watch.  After this, the process of repelling the undead manifestation is complete.  The head should be placed back to the casket to be reburied.


But in some cases that the attack of the kathakano persists, the head together with the whole corpse should be burned until it turned into ashes.  The ashes should be returned to the casket and reburied.

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