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The Greeks sure love their vampires, part 4: Sarkomenos

Quick reminder

From now until Jan 7th, watch out for the Callicantzaros.

The Greeks sure love their vampires

There are a lot of vampires in Greek folklore. In fact, where we have one name for undead creatures who inhabit corpses and suck the blood of the living, they have a crapload of them. I’ll feature one of them today, the sarkomenos, who have a cool name.

Sarkomenos

If you happen to be on either the island of Crete or the island of Rhodes (which is different than Rhode Island), watch out for the vampires called “sarkomenos”. Their name means ‘the fleshy ones,’ so maybe they’re vampires who played too many video games and ate too many potato chips while they were alive.

Bonus fact (because the info on sarkomenos is slim)

In Greek folklore, all kids born on December 25 are vampires as a punishment to their mothers for conceiving on the same day as the Virgin Mary.

Sources

The Encyclopedia of Vampires, Werewolves, and Other Monsters
The Encyclopedia of Vampires, Werewolves, and Other Monsters

by Rosemary Ellen Guiley

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One response to “The Greeks sure love their vampires, part 4: Sarkomenos

  1. Pingback: Physicists prove vampires don’t exist (I’m still carrying my garlic) « Teresa Wilde's Demon of the Week Blog

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