Ankou

Ankou are the king of the dead is the last person to die in a parish during the year. All of the next year the Ankou calls the dead. Each parish has their own.
This powerful figure dominates in Britain lore. Celtic Brittney’s folklore tells of a collector of souls.

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Ankou is a tall haggard with long white hair, or skeleton with a revolving head that can see everything everywhere. Ankou drives a spectral cart and has two ghost assistants to walk beside the cart. They stop at a house and one of two things happens, either Ankou knocks on the door -sometimes the living can hear the knock too- or wails like a banshee.
Occasionally it’s seen as an apparition going into the house and carrying the dead soul out. Its assists place the soul in the cart and off they go.

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Horseshoe

The Horseshoe has long been considered lucky. It’s possible that the crescent shape (like the moon’s) being made of iron (considered magical) and being used by the horse (often linked with being used by the horse. (Often linked with Gods and Goddesses) had a large factor.

It’s best if you find the horseshoe. There are rules of how and where to hang it depending on if you wish to bring luck or protection.

There’s an old Gypsy folktale of a young Rom (male Gypsy) who was out late. He was on his way home when he noticed 4 demons (they were named: Bad Luck, Ill Health, Unhappiness, and Death) were chasing him. One of the demons -Bad Luck- was getting closer when the Rom’s horse threw a shoe and hit the demon in the forehead.

The Rom stopped to pick-up the shoe while the other demons took their dead brother away to bury him.

The Rom told the others what happened and nailed the horseshoe to his Vardo (gypsy wagon). The three demons returned the next day. When they saw the horseshoe they turned and never returned.

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The Gypsies to this day believe a horseshoe will keep bad luck away.

***It’s now politically correct to use the term Romani or Roma instead of Gypsy. I’ve always loved the lifestyle and I use Romani, Roma or Gypsy interchangibly.***

***!!! I’ll be running a witch feature next month. If you’re interested in being a part of it -short story, or an article, please get in touch with me.!!!***

Aniuka

In Mongolia, the Buryat people have very special vampire folklore. Their shamans have the power to raise the dead including themselves; this and the Buryat people’s fear of death causes them to perform special care while preparing their dead for burial. Shaman bodies are staked and cremated.

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The shaman protects the people of his community from Aniuka so the people try to control their fears of their shaman in order to keep his protection.

The Aniuka is described as being very small, it feeds from infants and little kids, taking enough to make them weak and sick but not kill them from one feeding.
Only the shaman can banish an Aniuka from the community.

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A Bloody Tribute

A mutual friend introduced Peter and I some time ago. I want to say a year, but it seems longer than that. I’ve enjoyed reading his work ever since. He gave us a poem this time around. 😀

A Bloody Tribute by Peter Davis-Parker

They danced for him that night;
they danced the dance of the dead.

He flew atop the chimney stacks
the swells of warmth kept his flesh aloft,
their ‘charms’ warded against him.

He landed in the blackest of alleys,
the rain it nary touches his flesh nor cloth
knowing better than to incite the wrath of hell’s oldest son.

He walked softly through the backstreets
witnessed by many,
seen by not one.

He came upon the village limits,
upon a working girl did his blackest eyes spied.

Now chosen he came upon her with ungodly speed and
sucked her dry;
sucked of her as she no doubt had suckled countless others that very eve.

He shed not a drop and lay her on the village square,
a warning yet apology.
His thirst sated for now.

They knew the monster’s wrath and so tomorrow night they would draw straws
as they had now for as long as their memory stands.
The next night he’ll be given new tribute.

What will be has been and will be
again.
and shall ever be again

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Native Soil

In Eastern Europe, vampires were believed to be revived bodies of the dead. They lived close to the grave of the local graveyards.
coffin_construction_13 Their Native Soil surrounded them. However, there never was a special mention of it. Nor was there a special mention in the early vampire stories.

Bram Stocker was the first to mention the need for native soil. Count Dracula was found various times lying in boxes of “his” native soil. He had 50 crates shipped to England and scattered around (all full of soil.) Abraham Van Helsing figures out Dracula needs the soil as a resting place. He destroys all but one crate by placing a Eucharistic wafer in them.

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I find it strange that our literary history creates a large amount of our believes.
What do you think about Native soil? Do you think Vampires would need it?

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http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/genres-movies/horror-films/how-to-become-a-vampire/
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