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Palis: The foot-licking vampire
Some vampires are just not sexy. The Palis is one of these. It has very close ties to the djinn, but it’s not about to pop out of a bottle and give you three wishes.
In Persian folklore, the Palis likes to sneak up on people sleeping in the desert at night and lick their feet until all the blood is sucked out.
There’s a well-known story about two savvy travelers who avoided this by sleeping with their feet touching. The Palis who came to snack on them wasn’t the brightest star in the sky, and had to give up, seeing his intended prey had two heads, and being unable to find the soles of any feet.
You can also keep the Palis away using salt. Guiley isn’t specific how, but I’m thinking that putting it on the soles of your feet might be a plan.
From a Persian Tea House: Travels in Old Iran (Paperback)
by Michael Carroll
The Encyclopedia of Vampires, Werewolves, and Other Monsters
by Rosemary Ellen Guiley