Vampires we know and love #10: Asrapa/Dakini

Think vampires are all the same? Think again! Vampires come in more flavors than Baskin-Robbins ice cream. So, this special DotW feature, Vampires we know and love, spotlights different kinds of bloodsucking fiends from around the world.

Asrapa/Daki

Guiley describes an asrapa as “a blood-sucking witch who attends Kali, the fierce human-eating [East Indian] goddess.” Their turn-ons include hanging out naked in cemeteries, shape-shifting and raising the dead.

But, but, but… I think Guiley has kept the nature of Kali really simple there. Kali doesn’t just eat people.

One of her big roles is, in fact, killing demons. She’s also a war goddess who likes to drink the blood of her victims on the battlefield, getting kind of drunk off it and dancing around on their corpses. But, she has a benevolent aspect too, and is seen as the mother of the universe. Actually, her destructive streak might be seen as a protective streak, keeping her children safe from demons and their enemies.

But I digress. We were talking about beings known as asrapas, or dakinis.

Yes, they drink blood and attend Kali. “Asrapa” means blood-drinker, in fact. “Dakini” means sky-walking woman. In Tibetian Buddhism, dakinis are spirits/demons/fairies of the air. There are five different kinds of dakinis, and they each represent different things; the blue ones represent peacefulness; the yellow ones, grandness; red, fascination; green, sterness; blue, understanding.

Sort of like the different colors of M&Ms.

Seriously Fishy Characters 11: Mbulu

You can’t be blamed for mistaking the African Mbulu for a human at first glance–but it’ll be a costly mistake. Look closely at this amphibian river species and you’ll note the scaly skin and the prehensile tail. And you just might pick up the fact that there’s a mouth full of teeth at the end of that tail.

The Mbulu doesn’t have control over that tail, in fact. It has a will of its own, and is always, always hungry.

That’s how a clever girl once defeated an Mbulu who stole her clothes and her identity. She dug a hole and poured in some milk. Every person in the village agreed to jump over the puddle, but when the Mbulu did it, the tail popped out from under her dress to lap up the milk. On seeing this, the villagers recognized they had an Mbulu and killed the monster.

Sources

A Field Guide to Demons, Fairies, Fallen Angels and Other Subversive Spirits
A Field Guide to Demons, Fairies, Fallen Angels and Other Subversive Spirits

by Carol K. Mack, Dinah Mack

Seriously fishy characters 8: Nixie

A Nixie is a female Nokk, a species of Germanic merfolk (The men are called Nix).

They are river creatures, as opposed to living in the sea, and are closely connected to both the Rhine and the Danube.

Nixies can ‘walk’ on land, but are identified by the wet hems of their long dresses. The fish tails don’t really dry off easily, I guess.

In addition to marketplaces, Nixies also show up in tragic German operas, like Wager’s Ring Cycle. In those operas, the Rhine maidens who guard the Rhine gold that starts out all the ‘ring’ trouble are comparable to Nixies.

Sources

A Field Guide to Demons, Fairies, Fallen Angels and Other Subversive Spirits
A Field Guide to Demons, Fairies, Fallen Angels and Other Subversive Spirits

by Carol K. Mack, Dinah Mack

Vampires we know and love #10: Krvopijac: The vampire in a bottle

First off! Happy Birthday Jolaine Incognito! For her super secret surprise, she got… me! Yep, that’s right, the intrepid demon hunters are together again. Who knows what chaos and hilarity will ensue. It’s cogent!

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Think vampires are all the same? Think again! Vampires come in more flavors than Baskin-Robbins ice cream. So, this special DotW feature, Vampires we know and love, spotlights different kinds of bloodsucking fiends from around the world.

Krvopijac: The vampire in a bottle

We all know that smoking is bad for you. Did you also know it can turn you into a vampire?

The krvopijac of Bulgaria is created when someone breaks the traditional Christian fast for Lent by smoking or drinking alcohol. Some people who do this fall dead on the spot and start the transformation, but others get to live out the rest of their lives and become a krvopijac when they die.

It’s interesting to note that the length of time it takes to transform into a krvopijac is exactly the same length as the fast of Lent–forty days. Perhaps there’s a moral to the story? Perhaps.

During that forty days, an unholy–and completely disgusting–change happens. The corpse’s bones turn to a sort of jelly, and then reforms into a material that’s as hard as Wolverine’s adamantium skeleton. This gives it an amazing strength and makes it impervious to any weapon short of fire.

After the forty days it crawls out the grave, with a forked tongue and a single nostril and its flesh rotting off. Plus it’s hungry for blood. Fun times!

The decay makes it hard to identify which of those dead guys is actually your undead serial killer (I’d go with the one who died forty days before the first death, but hey, what do I know?). Luckily, you can locate the krvopijac’s grave with this handy procedure: Put a naked virgin on a black foal and send her into the graveyard. The grave the horse won’t step on? That’s your guy.

Once you’ve id’ed you’re the felon, scatter wild roses, garlic flowers, and hawthorn on the grave. This protects you while you use white magic to draw out the spirit of the krvopijac, and confine it in a glass bottle. Hurl the bottle into a bonfire and you are now krvopijac-free.

Mummy month bonus: LOLMummies (and some not so much mummies)

by guest blogger Jolaine Incognito

Mummy Month overdose! Jolaine’s excellent May is Mummy Month lurches into June with this final scary cute post.
-tcw

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