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.
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.
In the early 20th-century in Hebrides Islands off of Scotland a case of an angry werewolf goast searching for his bones was noted.
The incident happened to Andrew Warren. His grandfather was interested in natural history and geology. Often spending time in the countryside looking for interesting specimen. Grandfather decided to poke around in a drying avatar in a lake or mountain pool he found some old bones packed them up and took them home to Andrew. At home Andrew and his grandfather inspected them the bone seem to be human but the skull was wolflike.
A few evenings later the adults left Andrew to go to church. The skeleton was still lying on the table. Andrew heard a noise at the back door, but couldn’t find anyone. A loud noise knocking on the window scared him when he looked the thing he saw was blurred at first. The setting sun was behind the person knocking. As his eyes adjusted he saw a wolf head atop the human neck. The thing’s lips curled into a snarl showing sharp white teeth. It also had pointed ears and green eyes. His hand was humanlike with long curled nails.
Scared Andrew ran out of the kitchen locking the door behind him. He stayed in the hallway until his family came home. The werewolf was gone. The next day Andrew and his grandfather return the bones to the tarn. The werewolf was never seen again.
In West Arnhem Land in Australia the local aboriginal people have a vampire demon called Namorado in their mythology. The namorodo is a skeleton with ligaments; its fingers are long and razor sharp.
By day it’s inactive but by night it flies through the sky searching for its newest victim. It enters a house and finds a sleeping victim, and drains the person of blood. It can create more of its own kind.
Namorodo are associated with sorcery and shooting stars.