Alrunes: “Hun-ey, I’m home”

When the Germans and Scandinavians first saw the Huns (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hun), they said to themselves, “Holy crap, these guys have got to come from demons or something.”

They figured the Huns’ moms were the Alrunes, demons/sorceresses who were plugged in to the secret knowledge of the world. The Alrunes were all shape-shifty, morphing into animals of any kinds–the only thing they couldn’t change was their gender.

Right up until last century, some people kept small statues of the Alrunes in their houses, treating them to food and drink, and even the occasional change of clothes. In gratitude for these offerings, it was said that the statues could tell you the future. Just ask a yes or no question and the Alrune might nod its head.

But there was a catch (there usually is). If you didn’t keep your Alrune statue happy, they would get pissy on you, yelling out how much you suck and bringing bad luck into the house.

Source: Guiley, Rosemary Ellen. The Encyclopedia of Witches and Witchcraft. 2nd Ed; Shepard, Leslie A., ed. Encyclopedia of Occultism and Parapsychology, 3rd ed.

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Desperately Seeking Dwylla

I hate doing this. I hate writing a blog post for a demon that I could only find one source document for.

But an Irish Huntress Faery… I mean, how could I resist?

According to Maberry, and Maberry ALONE, there’s this Irish Huntress Faery. She’s sexy, she’s immortal, and she’s PISSED OFF.

There’s an Irish fairytale about a beautiful young woman named Dwylla. Growing up, she was a tad different from the other lasses. She didn’t have a father. She could talk to birds, she could see in the dark, and maybe the tops of her ears were just a bit pointy.

On her sixteenth birthday, she overheard her mom telling her aunt that Dwylla had been born nine months after she’d been raped by an Elf sorcerer.

Whoa, happy birthday, kiddo.

Dwylla decided the whole lot of the elf race needed to be exterminated, picked up her quiver of arrows, and rode off to do the job.

Maberry says there’s another version of the tale, where Dwylla’s mom was an elf raped by a human nobleman, leading Dwylla to hunt humans.

I didn’t find any corroborating evidence anywhere. I’m not saying Maberry is wrong, or that he made it up. He probably just spend more time researching.

Either way, I don’t care. Dwylla’s here. She stays. And she’s after YOU.

Sources

Vampire Universe: The Dark World of Supernatural Beings That Haunt Us, Hunt Us, and Hunger for Us
Vampire Universe: The Dark World of Supernatural Beings That Haunt Us, Hunt Us, and Hunger for Us
(Paperback)
by Jonathan Maberry

Demonspotting : Naamah

A member of Satan’s vile harem. Naamah’s a hot female demon who likes hanging out with her gal-pal Lilith.

Her name means ‘charmer,’ but that might just be ironic–or it might refer to her penchant for charming men into the worship of false idols.

She might originally have been a human woman, the daughter of Lamech and Zubal according to Genesis 4:22. In the myths where she was human, she was so beautiful that she tempted the angel Shamdon to sin. Their most famous kid was Asmodeus, though they had a bunch of other demon-spawn, too.

Using Kabbala magic, she was transformed into a spiritual being/demon. She and Lilith run around at night, strangling babies and seducing men.

Now, this ‘seducing’… There may actually be a more prosaic force at work here. The whole idea of  succubi probably grew out of the, uhm, occurrence… that sometimes happens to males… uhm, at niiiight… and more often to teenage boys at night… due to their, uh, hormones… Oh hell.

She has spirit-children by the men she seduces, but they are all raised by Lilith.

Interesting–Naamah is seen as the inventor of divination in Kabbalistic mythology. And she’s kind of the patron saint of prostitution, demon-wise.

Sources

The Hebrew goddess
Raphael Patai

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nehema

Vieschitsa: Slavic succubi

These fun-loving party girls are Slavic succubi who party with sleeping men, giving them a special sort of social disease: bloodlust. They have wings of fire, which is pretty cool. In their spare time, they turn into hyenas and drag kids into the woods.

Sources

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

by Rosemary Ellen Guiley

Idiot impersonates a zombie to scare people in downtown Miami, is nearly shot (Duh)

Sometimes I feel like stupidity should be a capital offense. For one prankster, it nearly was.

It is well known that ZOMBIES ARE EFFING SCARY.

What’s even more scary is a homeless guy chewing on someone’s face. Which happened in Miami a couple of weeks ago.

So, in a town where this horrible cannibalism JUST HAPPENED, an idiot (Yes, he has a name, but I just can’t write it) dressed up like a zombie, covered himself in blood, and chased kids and teenagers, growling threats. He recorded it all and put it on YouTube for your amusement, calling it a ‘prank.’

Here’s the thing. He nearly gets beat up when the population fights back. That’s the part that made me laugh.

So, watch the video, and here’s your question for the day:

If he had been beaten up, or killed, would it have been self-defense? Discuss.

Yuki Onna: The Snow Woman

Yuki-onna(雪女) from the Gazu Hyakki Yakō

Image via Wikipedia

Many stories are told about the beautiful Snow Woman of Japan. You can search Google books’ copy of Kwaidan by Lafcadio Hearn for one of them, and at sacred-texts.com, you can look for Richard Gordon Smith’s “The Snow Ghost” in Chapter XLIX of Ancient Tales and Folk-lore of Japan.

Like the snow she’s named after, the Yuki-Onna is shifting and hard to hold on to. The stories told about her disagree about her nature and origins.

The Yuki-Onna is a lovely lady, willowy and tall, with skin so white it’s nearly translucent (Nowadays we like people to have a healthy tan glow, but once upon a time, white skin was the height of fashion–it meant that a lady was rich enough she didn’t have to work outside.). In some stories she wears a white kimono. She appears mysteriously, either blowing into a house she’s been invited into, or just manifesting out of a whirl of snow in a storm. She moves with such lightness and grace that she doesn’t leave footprints in the snow.

Some say parents looking for a lost child in a snowstorm will encounter this beautiful lady holding a baby. When they agree to hold the child for her, they are frozen in place forever.

Some say that a host who takes pity on a lovely traveler in a storm might be rewarded by this spirit freezing them to death in their own beds.

Some say the Yuki-Onna sucks the life-force of her victims before they die. But others say that the Yuki-Onna takes pity on some of her would-be victims if they are young and beautiful. In the Lafcadio Hearn story, this leads to interesting consequences.

No one really knows whether the Yuki-Onna was once human. Some tales tell us that her life as a woman ended tragically in a snowstorm, but in others, she is simply the spirit of the snow.

Sources

Kwaidan: Stories And Studies Of Strange Things
Kwaidan: Stories And Studies Of Strange Things
(Paperback)
by Lafcadio Hearn
Richard Gordon Smith, Ancient Tales and Folk-lore of Japan, 1918
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yuki-onna