In Australia’s aboriginal cultures a vampire like being called the yara-ma-yha-who existed.
He was a small red man approximately four feet tall with a large mouth, but no teeth. It’s said he swallowed his food whole. As if that isn’t weird enough, the tips of his hands and feet have suckers like an octopus.
He lives in the tops of wild fig threes. It waits for its food to come to it. When a potential victim sits below his tree, he drops down on them. He puts his hands and feet on the m and begins to drain them of their blood. The victim’s left helpless, but not killed. The yara-ma-yah-who come back later to finish its meal. Ti drinks some water and takes a nap. When it wakes the undigested portion of the meal is regurgitated still alive (according to the legend.)
The story was told to young children who might wander away. Naughty children were told the yara-ma-yha-who would come and take them away. Children were told that it if the creature were to come for them they shouldn’t fight it. Their chances of survival were better if they allowed the creature to swallow them.
If a person happens to be captured various times, he will start to get shorter until he’s the same height as the yara-ma-yha-who. Their skin will get very smooth and then get hairy. Gradually they will turn into a yara-ma-yha-who.