Pigs

Yep pigs are what I’m going to talk about today.

Killing a pig on October 17 -the feast day of St. Ignacius- and smearing the pigs blood on your body will keep vampires away from you.
Smearing pig lard on the corpse is believed to keep it from becoming a vampire.

Why?
Wallachian lore says vampires prefer to shape-shift into a pig.

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Blackthorn

Blackthorn.
Black thorn is a wood said to be effective in slaying vampires.
Blackthorn’s supernatural power is believed to come from its association to Christ and the crown of thorns he wore during the passion of the crucifixion. It’s believed only Blackthorn can kill Lastovo Island vampires.

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If placing a stake over vampires grave it will prevent the devil that inhabited the corpse from escaping. It also helps vampire hunters to beat the devil with it.

Bhuta

The “bad natured spirit” from India is called a Bhuta. It’s a vampire spirit that looks like a flickering light or a shadow, but it can possess a corpse.

Bhutas are created when a person with a physical deformity dies or when someone dies before they should murder, suicide or accident.
Once it has a body, it spreads disease and it now is able to shape-shift into an owl or bat.

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The Bhuta is one of the vampires that don’t drink blood. It feeds on corpses sometimes it desires milk. In this case, it will attack a baby that’s recently fed.
Since it mostly feeds from corpses it’s usually habitat is cemeteries, but because it possess the dead, it can be pulled to the corpse’s favorite places while alive. Like alcoholics at bars, book-philes at libraries, etc.

If you start to feel very uncomfortable, and animals start leaving the area, it means a Bhuta is nearby.
To keep it from attacking Mecaru Ceremonies are preformed every 15 days to honor and show respect to the Bhuta. Only then, will the Bhuta search for ways to stay at peace with the community.
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It’s believed the Bhuta is a companion of Shiva (the Hindu Great God) it can’t stand on the ground and doesn’t cast a shadow. It hates the smell of burning Turmeric, if it smells it for too long it will disappear.

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Small shrines –for worship, sacrifices and to keep them pleased, are called Bhandara they are found throughout India, but especially where Bhuta are revered. Cradles the only requirement for these shires. Bhuta rests in them, because the Earth is considered sacred and the Bhuta can’t touch it.

Mrart

Australia’s Aboriginal people have a vampire creature in their lore. This vampire spirit is called a Mrart. It believed the mrart is a restless spirit of a community member.

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Their powers are strongest at night. It goes to campfires and pulls its victim from the light of the campfire.

Aborigines believe the mrart and other spirits can pocesses a body, even while the body’s original spirit still resides within. To make sure the body of a deceased person never rises again, Aborigines tie rocks to the corpse when placed in the grave. Sometimes the limbs are broken.

The deceased’s belongings are destroyed and their personal campsite is never used again.

Unholde

German Vampire lore has an evil vampire spirit, The Unholde, which translates to mean “the one that is not good or beautiful.”

The Unholde acts out against mankind, especially Christians.

It abducts its victims, cuts out their hearts, then cooks and eats it. A new heart is made of wood, and its placed inside the corpse.

A magical ceremony is preformed to reanimate the corpse. The Unholde was traditionally considered to be a magical practioner- or hexe. The word hexe come to mean a human magical practioner in the late 17th century, by the early 18thcentury it was used to mean witch.

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Vompir

In Bulgaria and Macedonia there’s a vampire spirit called Vompir or in the case of a female Vompiras.

The Vompir is created when a person isn’t buried or mourned properly, if one dies in disgrace or in an unnatural way: childbirth or suicide.

The Vompir can enter a body of a corpse and possesses it, at night. Once the Vompir has control of the corpse, it animates and seeks out a sleeping person.

The reanimated corpse then suffocates and drains its prey of blood. If you find yourself under a Vompir’s attack you must pray to the god of darkness and night, Troyan, or the goddess of beauty and love, Lada, for deliverance.

The Vompir can cause nightmares and create droughts and divert rivers. To destroy a vompir, it has to be in a corpse, capture, and decapitate it. Its feet and hands must be chopped off.
The body needs to be tied up tightly, then stabbed through the heart with an Aspen Wood stake. A Raven’s claw can be driven into the skull from behind the night ear. The body must be buried under a large millstone.

Oh. What a vampire. Bella Lugosi

Oh. What a vampire. Bella Lugosi