Sundel Bolong is the horror version of a banshee. Pertaining to Indonesian culture, the name “Sundel Bolong” is translated as “prostitute with a hole in her” because of its appearance.
Described as a mystical ghost (with a taste for moralizing) that takes the form of a beautiful woman with long silky hair that masks the hole on her back. Usually the Sundel Bolong wears a white dress – similar to the shrouds that cover the corpses.
Sundel Bolong via Misteri Hantu
The origin of the Sundel Bolong is tied to a baby; it is believed to be a woman who died while pregnant and gave birth in the grave. A variation on that is that the Sundel Bolong might be the soul of a woman who died during childbirth and the baby came out in the wrong direction – hence the hole in her back.
Similar to the Lamia, she wonders the streets at night attacking children and/or looking for babies to steal. Sundel Bolong is also said to be a sensitive spirit and, if rejected by a man, she is said to castrate him.
In Marvel`s Anime “ Blade”, the Sundel Bolongs are depicted as an Asian vampire sub-species.
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Patasola (literally means “a single foot” or “one foot”) pertains to a myth in South American folklore, about female monsters from the jungle.
The Patasola appears in the form of a beautiful and seductive woman, who lures a man away from his companions deep into the jungle. There, the Patasola reveals her true appearance as a one-legged creature with ferocious vampire-like lust for human flesh and blood!
The Patasola is usually regarded as protective of nature and the forest animals and unforgiving when humans enter their domains to alter or destroy them.
The Patasola’s most notable feature, from which her name derives, is her one leg. She is believed to possess only one leg, which terminates in a cleaved bovine-like hoof and moves in a plantigrade fashion. Despite only possessing one leg, the Patasola can move swiftly through the jungle. In her natural state, the Patasola has a terrifying appearance; she is described as possessing one breast, bulging eyes, catlike fangs, a hooked nose, big lips, and tangled hair. Not something you would want to come across while on a nature trip!
The Patasola’s origin story varies!
Some believe that she was a mother who killed her own son, and was then banished to the woods as punishment.
Others believe that the Patasola was a wicked temptress who was cruel to both men and women, and for this reason they mutilated her with an axe, chopping off one leg and throwing it into a fire.
In a third origin story, she was an unfaithful wife who cheated on her husband – upon discovering her infidelity, the jealous husband murdered both her and the lover. She died but her soul remains in a one-legged body.
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“Le vampire” was painted in 1825 by one of the most influential french painters – Eugène Delacroix. As it happens, in that year he spent three months studying English painters.
The title of the work is pretty self-explanatory. Enjoy 🙂
Wiedergänger is German for “one who walks again” and the term is linked to various types of haunting activities, poltergeist phenomena and generally zombies. It is more an energetic vampire than a blood thirsty one – and a wiedergänger is usually viewed as a spirit, rather than a corpse.
Up until the early 20th century, the spirits of the dead were believed to be able to exercise a disastrous influence from the grave via a telepathic link with their living relatives – and this wiedergänger was usually stuck until its unfinished business was resolved.
The most common way to get rid of a wiedergänger was via prayers by the church or special rituals at the grave – also performed by priests.
Note: Another form of the physical wiedergänger is the headless rider that, frequently mentioned in West German legends, entered into world literature and even into the history of film through the American poet Washington Irving and his novel The Legend of Sleepy Hollow.
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Deviant burial was a common practice in medieval times and with the expansion of archaeological sites all across the world, we have more and more evidence of deviant burials as means to prevent vampires from leaving their graves and terrorizing villages – in this case, one located in Dorchester!
Back in 2007, research by Wessex Archaeology in Little Keep, Dorchester, revealed the remnants of a roman cemetery. Out of the total of 29 graves found, 5 had evidence of deviant burial.
Deviant burial in Dorchester
While some corpses had been entered face-down, others had been decapitated – with their head placed between their legs at the ankles. In some of the other graves the legs themselves were crossed, however this can be a normal result of the decomposition process and not of a deviant burial.
As per the coins found in the one of the graves, the deviant burial can be placed in the region of 4th century AD and it is possible that the coins were added in an effort to “help” the souls of the departed on their way – I`m referring here to the pagan belief that one would need to pay the ferryman on the river Strix for passage to the afterlife.
Since no reports are available for Dorchester as to any vampire activity in that time, I`m afraid that the deviant burial is all we have to go on, however it`s safe to say that the villagers were convinced that this drastic action had to be taken in order to prevent unwanted nightly visits.
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