In Guinea, Africa, there’s a vampire spirit called Ovengua (pronounced Ov-in-way).

When an evil sorcerer dies his bones begin to escape from his grave. One bone at a time they gather in a secret location. When all the bones are together the skeleton will realign and become an Ovengua, the only difference is it has hooks for hands.

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This vampire skeleton hides during the daylight hours, and hunts at night, attacking lone travelers. Not to drink blood but to process the body.

If it wins the fight to control the traveler’s body, it will kill the traveler and reanimate the body as its own.

The Ovengua can’t be killed on its own. It must pocesses a body and both body and Ovengua will be killed and burned to ash.


Forso is a vampire ghost from an island of New Guinea. He’s an energy vampire feeding not only from the victim’s life and or sexual energy, but the victim’s emotions too.

It also causes bad luck and depression.

The Forso usually stays close to its grave, waiting for its victims to come to it. Being invisible is a bonus to attacking unsuspecting visitors.
Prayers and charms will only protect you if the Forso was religious in life.
Papuans believe the Forso is a lonely soul wanting attention. His grave is searched for the bones are exhumed and adopted by a family. They take the bones home and make it feel like part of the family. This is the only way to stop the Forso from attacking others.
**Last month we had a Vampire Q & A. I really enjoyed that. So here’s my plan. The first 3 Wednesdays of the month you ask vampire questions in the comments and the last Wednesday of the month I’ll answer those questions. Leave me your questions! **


For today’s Vampire Wednesday were looking at yet another Irish Vampire. I never knew there were so many. I’m beyond excited!

The Dullahan is pronounced DAH-hool. He has a lot of variations to his name including Dullaghan, Far Dorocha, Gan Ceann, Headless Horseman

The Headless Horseman is well known from Washington Irving’s American retelling of the German folklore short story “The Ledend of Sleepy Hollow.”

After the potato famine started in 1845 people started saying the Banshee was accompanied by a headless man riding on a horse. They were seen particularly at midnight on Feast Days.
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The Head was which was the color and texture of molded cheese, smiled from ear to ear. Sometimes the man would hold his head other times it was tied to the saddle. Some said that the horse was also headless.

There were also stories that the man drove a coach made of human thigh bones which was pulled by six black horse with skull heads, their eyes lit by candles in their sockets.

Really it doesn’t matter if he’s on horseback or if he’s driving a coach, he races down roads spreading disease, entire households suddenly fall ill.

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Dullahan uses a bullwhip to lash out anyone’s eyes who happens to see him. He’s cursed with poor eyesight. Lucky victims get a bucket of blood tossed on them.

The Dullahan is incredibly greedy and will accept any momentary offering that’s thrown at him.


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