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.

Thursday, December 9, 2021

Abere: Vampire of the Melanesian Island

Abere Demon is a woman who possesses unbelievable beauty to seduce her victims.  She is a part of the Melanesian Island mythology, an island that can be found near the continent of Australia.
Though not entirely depicted as a vampire, Abere is more of a demoness but has a striking similarity with the vampires of the west.  Like the other female vampires, this demoness uses her beauty to lure men into her lair.  Usually dwelling in swamp or wetlands, this creature would pretend to be asking for help, and when you least know it, she will tangle you with the reeds until you can no longer move.  By this time, the creature would start devouring your entire flesh.


How does Abere Demon Attack?

 Abere Demon

There were times that this beautiful demoness would present itself to you while bathing in the wetlands naked. She will run away from those men and hide in the reeds.  Eventually, they would be lost in the swamp while looking for the naked woman. They will be unaware that the Abere demon is just keenly observing them.  It will then attack them at the time that they are vulnerable.  She also has woman servants who help her in searching for a victim.  The Abere can command the reeds to grow, trapping her victims in the process.  They said that no one could escape the power of the Abere once you enter its lair.


How to Defeat the Abere Demon?


Vampire of the Melanesian Island

There are no known ways on how to defeat the Abere Demon.  Unlike other vampires, where you have to draw stakes in their hearts to end their terror, methods of repelling their powers are not stated in the legends.  There are also no known ways to distinguish them from an average woman. There are also some rumors that Abere will not devour her victims. According to some legends, she has a bunch of daughters that she needs to feed.


Draugr Vampire

 "The will appears to be strong, strong enough to draw the hugr [animate will] back to one's body. These reanimated individuals were known as draugar. However, though the dead might live again, they could also die again. Draugar die a "second death" as Chester Gould calls it, when their bodies decay, are burned, dismembered or otherwise destroyed. -Remley, Gregg A. Smith ; with a foreword by Paul G. (2007). The function of the living dead in medieval Norse and Celtic literature


The draugr, which translates to 'walking again,' is an undead creature that is part of Norse and Germanic Mythology.  They are similar to the zombies that possess a human body without a soul, apparently to guide a treasure. There are two types of draugr, sea draugr and land draugr.


Characteristic Of Draugr


Like the zombies, the draugr has a noticeable sign of decomposition, but they are strong and can increase the size of their bodies.  Unlike the zombies that have lost their sense of thinking, draugr is known to be clever.  They are said to return from the living world to torment those who did them wrong or guard a valuable thing, particularly a treasure.   Upon increasing the height of their body, their weight follows, making him impossible to move without the help of a machine.  He can also change into a mist that allows him to escape any threatening situation.


How the Draugr Attacks its Victim


The draugr does not only victimize those they hold a grudge against.  Sometimes they also attack the cattle and also the shepherd:


"[T]he oxen which had been used to haul Thorolf's body were ridden to death by demons, and every single beast that came near his grave went raving mad and howled itself to death. The shepherd at Hvamm often came racing home with Thorolf after him. One day that Fall neither sheep nor shepherd came back to the farm."




Aside from being an undead creature, the Draugr is also known to possess knowledge of the evil craft, which resembles the power of the witches.  They can also enter the dream of anyone but not to give them nightmares; they do this to leave a present to the person they visited in their dreams.  They can also spread diseases and curse their target.  


Draugr Weakness

The Draugr are said to be weak against silver things. They have high resistance against different elements. To prevent someone from transforming into this creature, a pair of scissors placed on the corpse's chest is effective. It is also advised to hide twigs and straws inside their clothes. Place needles on the sole of the suspected draugr and tie their feet to prevent them from walking on the land of the living.

Tuesday, December 7, 2021

Bouda Hyena

Bouda, aside from being a blood-sucking creature, is also considered a were-hyena since it can shapeshift into a form of a hyena, thus being called Bouda Hyena. It is a type of living vampire found in the lore of Morocco, Tanzania, and Ethiopia. They can shapeshift into a hyena using their magical ability.


What Are the Powers of Bouda Hyena?



When it transforms into a hyena, the Bouda Hyena will look like any other hyena, except for the magical amulet that the creature wears. If the creature loses the amulet that it wears while in its animal form, the beast would immediately return to its original human form. They are also skilled in crafting magical amulets and charms. They are often found at their forges crafting charms to improve their magical ability and control and achieve a better transformation.  Bouda is also called “bultungin” in Nigeria, which translates to “I changed myself into a hyena.”


Bouda in Legends

 Bouda Hyena

According to the Bouda Hyena Legend in Ethiopia, it is believed that every blacksmith can wield magic and transform into a hyena. They would usually assume their human form during the daytime. Since that time, most blacksmiths are Jews; the Ethiopian Christians would often think that all Ethiopian Jews are Boudas. They believe that the Jews are exhuming their corpses and devouring them. In Sudan, the same belief about blacksmiths exists. Except for the fact that they also think that woodcutters and people with lots of hair can shapeshift into a hyena.


Bouda in Literature


In Hawayan-Al-Koubra, Al-Doumairy wrote that they are vampiric creatures that will attack their prey at night and drain their blood by biting them on the neck. They also release a pheromone that can hypnotize or put their victim into a state of trance. A medical treatise was written in 1326 also mentioned people who are were-hyenas. It also stated how to cure these people of this bouda hyena curse. In early Greece civilization, they believed that improper disposal of the carcass of the werewolf would lead to the birth of werehyenas. 

Monday, December 6, 2021

Midnight Washerwomen Les Lavandieres

Midnight Washerwomen, also known as Les Lavandieres, is a part of the Celtic lore. They are three old women who go to the edge of the river during midnight and wash the shroud of those about to die. The three Les Lavandieres may be derived from the old Celtic story of the three goddesses of death and slaughter.


Who Are the Midnight Washerwomen?


Midnight Washerwomen

The three women have said to turn their back away from their religious beliefs. They can often be sighted at the isolated part of the river. The description of the vampiric creature depends upon the location. In England, the Midnight Washerwomen appear similar to a ghost. In France, the creature is depicted as a being similar to a skeleton. Nonetheless, in those countries where they are believed to exist, the Les Lavandieres is considered a harbinger of death.


What to Do If You Encounter a Midnight Washerwoman?


If you are traveling alone at night and happen to come across them, you must wring out the laundry. If not, the washerwoman would turn and break your limbs and throw you in the water. Midnight Washerwomen were also known to capture a victim. They will make that captive wash his own burial shroud. Obeying their every command will ensure your survival, but these three women will immediately kill you before completing the tasks.


Accounts on Les Lavandieres

 Midnight Washerwomen

Jacques Cambry has told a legend of Midnight Washerwomen during the 18th century. They are not always represented as old women, but they are often night creatures dressed in traditional clothing. They have high physical strength and are very agile. According to some, you should never disturb them when they are washing their clothes. Otherwise, they will put a curse on you. There have been different stories about this creature in Normandy and Brittany during the 19th to 20th centuries.


The Midnight Washerwomen are bound to wash the burial shroud of the unbaptized children. They will be relieved from their work once they find someone willing to do it for them.



Saturday, December 4, 2021

Boo Hag or Slip Skin Hag

A Boo Hag or a slip-skin hag is a witch, vampire, and demon combination. It is a part of the legends in the Southwestern part of the United States, especially those practicing Hoodoo and Gullah descent.


How Does Boo Hag Attack Its Victim?


Slip Skin Hag

During the day, a slip-skin hag appears to be normal.  But by night, the creature will slip out of her skin and fly to search for her victim.  It was believed that the Boo Hag would torture her victims while sleeping.  Those attacked by the creature complained about strange scratches, nightmares, sudden illness, and fatigue.  The attack is said to be the cause of unexpected mental illness and eventually causes the victim's death.  There is also a case of sexual molestation, especially if the victim is male.


How to Determine a Boo Hag?


A traditional Hag is always in her spirit form, a characteristic different from the Boo Hag. Boo Hag, according to the legends, resembles a vampire. However, as opposed to the vampire that enjoys blood, this creature consumes the breath of its victim. They will not have skin; therefore, their muscles will be apparent, which gives them a red complexion. To cover this, they will steal their victim's skin.


An Incident about the Boo Hag

 Slip Skin Hag

In 1916, there was a report about an incident that involved a slip-skin hag.  It can be found in the works of Roger Pinckney, "Blue Roots: African American Folk Magic of the Gullah People."


"Neighbors suspected a certain woman of going out after dark and tormenting a former lover who had found a new partner. They found the skin hanging behind the woman's bedroom door, salted it thoroughly, and waited anxiously in the closet. The woman came in at dawn, commanded the skin back into its rightful place. The skin, in salty misery, did not respond. "Skin, skin, don't you know me?", the woman pleaded. The neighbors leaped from the closet, and the hag disappeared into thin air, never to return."


How to Kill a Boo Hag?

 Slip Skin Hag

You can kill a Boo hag by destroying its skin before it returns to sunrise.  You can also place salt or red pepper in its skin to inflict suffering and pain on the creature when she returns to her original skin.  If you suspect someone of being this creature, writing the name Hag on her front door would prevent her from entering her own house.  Hoodoo practitioners can also perform a ritual to turn a boo hag into an insect and trap them in a bottle, making them easier to kill.

Thursday, December 2, 2021

Wedge of Aiud

In 1974, a wedge-shaped item was discovered on the banks of Mures River at least two kilometers on the eastern part of Aiud of Romania. The thing was said to be excavated 35 feet below the sand and close by the bones of two mastodons. A mastodon is a massive, tusked, extinct, warm-blooded creature. Physically, the ancient thing seemed to resemble the upper part of the sledge. The object was professedly taken straight to the Archaeological Institute of Cluj-Napoca for analysis; the experts were surprised to find out that it is made of a combination of aluminum encased in a dainty layer of oxide. The compound of the wedge of Aiud is made out of 12 distinct components. This ancient discovery is interesting because aluminum was not yet discovered until 1808 and was not created in large amounts until 1885. Aluminum needs a heat of 1,000 degrees to create. The way that the artifact was found in the same layer as the mastodon bones would make it no less than 11,000 years of age.


What is the Purpose of the Wedge of Aiud?


Wedge of Aiud

Some people believe that the aluminum wedge is proof of the visit of life from another planet.  Engineers who have examined the object said it resembles a landing base of some sort. Still, it is not like a part of a spaceship.  Some scientists believed that the thing was manufactured here on Earth, but the specific purpose of the item was not yet identified.  Because of the limited amount of information surrounding the artifact, the origin of the antiquity is still not verified.  The thing has been on display until 1995.  Today, the location of the item remains undisclosed to the public.  Nonetheless, the picture of the aluminum wedge does exist.


Some of the facts surrounding the Wedge of Aiud


 Wedge of Aiud

In 1974, while the workers were digging a channel across the Mures River, they accidentally stumbled upon a bone of two mastodons.  They were additionally baffled by the presence of a peculiar object in the form of a wedge.  Researchers who analyzed the thing claimed that it is not a natural rock formation because of the symmetrical shape and other details.  Almost 89% of aluminum makes up the primary component of the wedge which is astounding.  Considering the age of aluminum, which is around 11,000 years of age, as stated by some experts, aluminum production was not yet possible at that time.  Furthermore, the amount of aluminum present on the Earth is only limited and can only be produced at a massive level of heat.  Two separate laboratories conducted the analysis on the Wedge of Aiud, and they were able to produce the same perplexing result.

Wednesday, December 1, 2021

Kozlak: Poltergeist Vampire

Most vampires are born due to a curse, living a life of sin, or breaking a promise.  However, this is not the way you can turn into a Kozlak vampire.  Apparently, one turns into this beast if a mother fails to breastfeed her child correctly. In the Philippines, they also have a baby vampire called Tianak. Unlike the Kozlak, the Tianak is a fetus who died from abortion. According to the legends, the beast will return to enact vengeance on the people who caused its untimely death.


How to Turn into a Kozlak Vampire

Kozlak Vampire

If a baby dies after the mother forgot to nourish the kid with enough breast milk or died violently, then the baby is sure to return from the land of the living as a vampire. The baby would rise from its grave, terrorizing the whole town and sending disease to the livestock.  The Kozlak Vampire usually takes the form of an animal that can fly, such as a small bird or a bat.


Adult Vampire


There are some stories wherein an adult dies violently and becomes a Kozlak Vampire.  They said that this type of vampire has proved to be more troublesome compared to the baby Kozlak.  They will dig on their grave and torment their own family by tearing their throat.  The locals believed that only a Franciscan monk could help you in a battle against Kozlak.  They can lend you an amulet that is supposed to drive the evil spirit away; he also knows how to kill this creature.


How to Kill the Kozlak

 Kozlak:  Poltergeist Vampire

The monk has to search for a hawthorn, not just any type of hawthorn; a hawthorn must grow into the mountain.  The Franciscan monk then has to create a stake out of the hawthorn and impale the corpse's heart.  They believe that by doing so, the dead body's contract with the demon will be revoked, and his link to the evil presence would break, freeing the soul of the dead body.  But it doesn't end there.  The monk then has to decapitate the corpse's head and stuff his mouth with cloves of garlic.  By that time, they can rebury the carcass, and the attack of the Kozlak Vampire should stop.



In some cases, a Kozlak Vampire would like to enter the house of a housewife and throw random stuff (most of the time kitchenwares).  In other instances where they spotted a Kozlak on the farm, the creature would pull the wagon and would make an annoying noise.  The people believed that one should not sweep on the room of the deceased for several days to prevent him from becoming a Kozlak.