Wednesday, November 17, 2021

Obayifo Vampire of West Africa

The West African has a different name for the vampire; they call her Obayifo.  However,  it is different from the Western and European vampires, especially in their sustenance.  The standard vampire that we know prefers the victim's blood. Although this creature also feeds on the blood of its victim, particularly children, it is still is a witch-vampire who feeds on the fear of the people, more like a boogeyman.



What is an Obayifo?


Obayifo is not an undead creature; it is a living creature possessed by an evil spirit causing it to do evil deeds.  They live everyday life and are often a close member of the community. This idea makes it difficult for others to suspect them.  It is said that only a White wizard can tell an Obayifo from an ordinary person.  The White Wizard is called the Okomfo, who is the only defense against this vampire.


How will the Obayifo Attack?


The Obayifo would turn into a light orb during nighttime and would terrorize the town.  They are blamed for the infestation of crops and vegetables. Interestingly, the witches mentioned in the Benandanti werewolves' account are also blamed for a poor harvest.  The vampire uses vegetables as an alternative for her food when circumstances forbid them from hunting children.  This being does not intend to kill children. They suck enough blood to satisfy themselves, but their saliva is thought to carry diseases that will infect the victim once they've been bitten.


How to Determine an Obayifo?

 Obayifo vampire

People were often accused of being this vampire when they were jealous of their neighbors, refused to offer food, or if some of her children died.  It is usually held responsible for deaths related to crop infestation, children suffering from an illness( particularly consumption), or the death of a family member while undergoing a ritual with the Okomfo. When the creature flies on the night, you will notice that her armpit and anus are glowing, making it easier to identify an Obayifo.


How to Become an Obayifo?


There are contradicting stories on how this vampire was born.  Some say that someone is destined to become this beast from the day they are born; others say it was a curse.  There are also accounts stating that if you accidentally drink blood or eat the flesh of a human, then you will transform into this creature.  An Obayifo can only be killed by strangling or drowning.

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