Russian folklore believes any dying person can be possessed before death a witch will reanimate the possessed body. The body will become an Eretik or “heretic”.
Other ways of becoming an Eretik are living life as a heretic, selling your soul to the devil, sleeping on a grave, or making inappropriate noises in a bathhouse.

As soon as the vampire is created, it begins its hunt of consuming flesh and blood first from its family, then from others. Its feedings will make people die.
Eretiks have the most vicious look that anyone who sees his angered expression will die.
It lives in dry riverbeds where it routinely performs Black Masses. It’s most active at night and in spring and fall.
While this vampire is, a living being it must be killed by traditional vampire killing methods: a stake through the heart followed by beheading and burning the remains to ash.


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In India, a vampire-witch exist called Asrapa.

She wanders naked through cemeteries where she feeds on the flesh of men, women, or children. She’s not fussy on whether the flesh is from the living or the dead.


Asrapa is a shape-shifter who can raise the dead by a gift given to her by the Goddess Kali.
She’s believed to be the daughter of the Sage Kasyape and his wife Muni the daughter of Daksha. Others believe Brahma was angry and thought of a monster creating the Asrapa meaning blood drinker from his excess energy.


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The Heroro people of Nambia Africa believe when a sorcerer dies he’ll become a vampire revenant called Otgiruru (pronounced Ot-Goo-roo).

This vampire looks like a dog. . . a common stray dog. The villagers don’t pay any attention to the stray.

The Otgiruru calls out when no one’s looking. The person who answers the call will be its next victim.

The Otgiruru not only drinks blood but also eats the victim’s soft tissue organs.
raw feeding


This French vampire witch assaults people while they sleep.

Once the Gaukemare finds a victim it will shape-shift into a incubus or succubus depending on the gender of its prey. It drains its prey of life energy and sexual energy every night.

Victims grow weak as time goes on and develop extreme leg cramps.

The witch will end up killing her lover.


The only way to keep her away is to keep salt under your pillow and saying prayers before going to sleep


This one is strange. Ready?

The Asema comes to us from the Republic of Suriname. A vampire witch, looking like a regular old man or woman, but they have red eyes and their toes point downwards.

Before hunting, the Asema removes its skin, folds it neatly, and hides it. –Seems a little OCD to me.—

After it gets its skin hidden away safely it shape-shifts into a ball of blue light and flies around looking for its prey. It can slip in and out of the smallest cracks in walls and foundations.


The Asema is very meticulous in its blood drinking as it avoids anyone whose blood is bitter tasting. When someone with blood he finds tasty is found he drinks nightly form hat person until the person dies.
A sign of an Asema attack are large red and blue spots at the bite site. You can keep the asema away by eating garlic or other herbs or foods that would make the blood taste bitter.


A handful of sesame seeds or rice mixed with pieces of owl talons kept behind the door will help too, as the Asema has to count or pick each grain or seed. When he comes to the pieces of talons he hast to start counting all over again, tossing out the piece of talon. With any luck, this will keep it busy until sunrise. The Asema can’t be in the sunlight without its skin. If it hasn’t fled before dawn, it will die.

If you can find where it’s hidden its skin, rubbing it with salt will make it useless. The Asema will die in the sunlight.

The Asiman

The Dahomey people of Africa have a legend of the Asiman.

“Asiman?” you ask.
I can see you sitting there.
“Mari, I’ve never heard of it.” You shake your head from side to side but you hear a little nagging voice. You want to roll your eyes but this voice tells you to listen.
“She hasn’t failed you yet, and today is Vampire Wednesday. Stick around, we’ll learn something new.”it says.
I can see you nod just slightly.

Okay then, now that we’ve gotten over that, let’s get back to the vampires.

The Asiman is what we call a living witch. She eats human food, can be in the sunlight, she’s just like you and me.
Wait let me take that back, she’s not just like you and me; actually, she’s a living vampiric witch. She became a vampire by her magic.

A very specific spell gives her these special evil vampire powers but it’s permanent.

Remember the corpse candle vampires we talked about last week?

Well, guess what. She’s one of those too; she can remove her skin and fly through the air to hunt humans.

That isn’t all, she can shape-shift into animal form too, only while in this form can she be killed.

We’ll look at some more corpse candle vampires next week. Some very similar to Asiman.
Stay tuned!

Aswang Vampires

Yes, there are still more Aswang Vampires.

What? I didn’t hear you? Are you begging me to what…
“Please just make it stop! These vampires are just scary.”

Yes, my dear beloved reader these vampires are scary. But alas, I’m still not done teaching you about them.
Are you ready?

Aswang Festival
Yes a festival with seafood, parades, dances, and dress up balls.
Why?” You might be asking. “Why a festival for a vampire?
The myth says Roxas City in Capiz province was full of Aswangs and witches both male and female. In an attempt to prove this myth as just that they have a two-day long party right before Halloween. The local Catholic churches aren’t happy with this festival.

Aswang Mandurugo
This demonic vampire lives in the province of Capiz in the Philippines. Witches also hide in this area.  By day, she is a beautiful woman, by night her true form is revealed that of a winged monster. Okay, what’s scary about this is she’ll get married. YES Married! So, she has a live in supply of blood.  She “kisses” the blood from of her husband prey.
What? How?” You ask.
Oh, I really don’t want to tell you but I must, I must.
Under the pretext of “Kisses”, she pushes her barbed tongue into his mouth and drains the blood from him.  So gradually husband starts losing weight, it’s not that noticeable. Men, unfortunately there isn’t a test to check if your beautiful bride to be is a Mandurugo, but you can place a knife under your pillow. If you’re quick enough you can kill her before she attacks.

Aswang Tik-Tik


This Aswang gets its name from the small owl that follows it. The owl seems to protect her prey, making a “Tik Tik” sounding cry in hopes of waking the sleeping victim. This shape-shifting vampire only hunts at night.
Yeah, she changes into a bird to hunt.  This one rivals in freakiness with the other Aswangs. She perches on the roof of the victim’s house. Above her sleeping victim (usually a child), her long tube like tongue reaches to where her prey lays. Her barbed tongue pricks the flesh and she sips her meal.  After she’s fed she flies home where she breastfeeds her children.

In other myths: the Aswang Tik-Tik remains in human form while hunting and feeding. She looks like a pregnant woman instead of a large bird with engorged breasts.
Here is a scary tip, if she happens to lick your shadow…sorry but you’re going to die.

Aswang Tiyanak


This demonic vampire is the offspring of a demon father and a human mother, or a baby who dies before being baptized. It has red skin, no hair, glowing red eyes. This shape-shifting vampire changes it form into an abandoned adorable little baby, hoping a woman will rescue it. When she takes it home it waits until the night hours and attacks the sleeping woman.
A newer myth believes that aborted fetuses can become this type of vampire; in this case, the aborted fetus will come into existence and torment the woman who would have been its mother.

Aswang Witch
This vampire is a human female who has been born a witch, or has learned the craft. She learns to make a magical ointment to prevent the signs of age, when she applies it, she looks young and beautiful.
(She should sell the ointment! Can we say Ka-Ching!)

When she looks beautiful, she’ll seduce her prey and lead him to a secluded place where she rips him apart. She drinks his blood and eats his heart and liver.
(It’s probably a good thing this one doesn’t get married, can you imagine her husband after a fight!)
Her ability to seduce works well for her but given the choice, she’d much rather take her meal in the form of a child than a man.

There is a tip I can give you regarding the Aswang Witch because she was born a mortal, she can be killed as such.

I love this photo, I had to get it in here somewhere.

Okay, this is the last of vampires with Aswang in their name. Next week, we’ll look at vampires that are variations of these Aswangs.

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