In Ancient Hebrew Aluka meant leech (Haemopsis Sanguisuga). In Proverbs 30:15, it’s translated to horseleech. In Arabic (Aluka) means to hang to. In Syria and Israel there is a leech that attacks to a horses neck while it drinks from a stream.

The Aluka is known for attaching to the skin and not being removable until death. Some Bible scholars in the 19th century offered the interpretation of Aluka being a mythological vampire creature a Hebrew version of Arabia’s ghoul, which sucked blood and dined on the flesh of the dead. Contemporary scholars don’t believe this as a viable option.

6 thoughts on “Aluka

  1. MishaBurnett says:

    This is a creepy little bit of microfiction. It reminds me of the entries in Harlan Ellison’s “A to Z in the Chocolate Alphabet.”

  2. Karen says:

    You are a true expert, Mari. Always great to learn more. 🙂
    Aluka rings a bell, somehow.

  3. rebecca2000 says:

    I always learn something new from you. 🙂

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