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Vampires are quite common in Asian mythology, but there are a handful of vampires. There are stories about the Hanh Saburo, Yama, Manduruo, Paco Pati, Gayal, Langsuyar, Danag, Bjang, Algul, Pelesit and many other vampires.


The Hanh Saburo is a vampire from India. The vampire dwells in the forest, deep in the woods, surrounded by thick vegetation. They had the ability to control dogs and wolves. The Hanh Saburo is a vampire that lures travelers into the forest to attack. Often the vampire was invisible, but sometimes it was seen […]

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The Yama is the Hindu Lord of Death, and is often seen as the Judge of the Dead. Yama also appeared in Tibetan mythology. Like the Nepalese Lord of Death and the Mongolian God of Time, the Tibetan Yama existed by drinking blood from sleeping people, whereas the Hindu Yama attacked the pret (soul of […]

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The Tibetan Buddhists believed that a deceased person would wander into an area dominated by karma, which was the law of consequences, where the heart gave way to the reasonings of the brain. The heart impulses were personified by Peaceful Deities, and the brain reasonings were personified by the Wrathful Deities. The Wrathful Deities, where […]

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Pre-Buddhist Thailand has had a significant hand in developing modern Thailand lore. Spirits have a minor place in Buddhist Thailand, but the phi is a collective term for spirits, similar to ghosts, goblins, elves, and fairies. Many phi were malevolent and haunted homes and structures. Among the phi who lived in the countryside included the […]

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The Tagalog people spoke of Mandurugo, a vampire who was described as “The Girl with Many Loves.” The story is of a beautiful young woman who married at 16 to a husky young man; within a year, the husband withered away. After his death, the woman married again, with the same result. She then married […]

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The Pacu Pati is an Indian vampire that is deemed the lord of all beings of mischief. The vampire is seen at night within cemeteries and places of execution. The vampire

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The Obayifo is a vampire told in lore from the Ashanti people off the Gold Coast in Africa. The Obayifo is a living vampire that can be a male or female human. The vampire creature leaves its body at night to feed, finding young children its favorite prey. Some people considered the Obayifo a witch […]

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Indian lore has many vampires to include Masan and Masani. Mason is the male vampire, who is said to be the ghost of a child, and Masani is a female vampire, who is said to be the spirit of burial grounds. Masan prefers feeding on and tormenting children. Some stories say that the vampire is able to […]

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The Myanmar culture has very little vampire lore. Because the Buddhists tend to cremate their dead, the vampire lore is minimal. They do have a rich tradition of ghosts and demonic beings. Thaye and Tasei were malevolent ghosts that were condemned to their disembodied state until they had worked out their karmic difficulties and were eventually reborn […]

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The Chewong people of Malaysia called a collection of many spirits as a Bas. There are various kinds of Bas, some of which under difference circumstances would attack humans. The Bas usually ate a ruwai, which is translated to soul, life, or vitality They preferred wild pig, and would set traps to catch the pig’s […]

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Author:Rev. JP Vanir
Published:Jul 16th
Modified:Jul 16th

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