Portugal’s Bruxa


Did you know Portugal has its very own vampire?
It does, she’s called a Bruxa.She can never die!
Yeah, she’s really not a good thing to run into.
Uh-huh. Everything you’ve ever thought you knew about killing vampires; won’t work with her.

So how was the Bruxa created?
It’s believed when a woman was a witch in her life, when she dies she becomes a Bruxa.

I’ve also heard that the witch will leave her house during the night (depending on where you read, as a beautiful woman or a bird); she torments travelers and drinks blood from infants.
She can carry and birth her own children, which are usually her main source of food.

There are ways to protect your child from a Bruxa. The first being put a pair of scissors under the child’s pillow. (huh? You heard me right; the Bruxa is more dangerous than a pair of scissors.)
If that’s a little too dangerous for your taste; you can place iron nails along the floor around the child’s bed, or nail it into the ground.
You could sew garlic cloves into the child’s clothes. Witches didn’t like garlic either (Who knew?).

If you suspect a Bruxa is tormenting your child, boil his clothes. Stab a sharp object -preferably iron or steel- into the boiling pot, the Bruxa will crawl to your house and beg you to stop.

I’m thinking about making Wednesdays Vampire Day. I’ll post about Vampires that day. What do you think?

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4 thoughts on “Portugal’s Bruxa

  1. paulaacton says:

    I love the folklore behind these sorts of stories I am reading a great book at the minute called The Gallows Curse where each chapter begins with a segment from a fictional guide to the uses of herbs and plants and ways to prevent witchcraft, they are in themselves as intriguing as the actual story

  2. Very cool! The scissors thing is new to me! Really interesting stuff!

    –Julie_Undead

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