Leanan sidhe is a vampiric fairy that pertains to Irish folklore and is most of the times depicted as a muse for artists.
While inspiring them to create remarkable work, the leanan sidhe feeds off their life-force. She is described as a beautiful mystical creature that takes human lovers.
The most commonly used description of the leanan sidhe is that of W. B. Yeats:
The Leanhaun Shee (fairy mistress) seeks the love of mortals. If they refuse, she must be their slave; if they consent, they are hers, and can only escape by finding another to take their place. The fairy lives on their life, and they waste away. Death is no escape from her. She is the Gaelic muse, for she gives inspiration to those she persecutes. The Gaelic poets die young, for she is restless, and will not let them remain long on earth—this malignant phantom.
She is used more and more in modern literature and tv series.
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† Vampire Accounts
The nightmare by Fuseli was first on exhibition in 1782 at the Royal Academy of London and it continues to fascinate as much –if not more- to this day.
It is a magnificent oil on canvas painting .
The nightmare depicts a woman in the process of having a nightmare. She is on her back [in what some have described as a sexual position at the time the painting was first introduced] and is being tormented by an incubus that is sitting on her chest. In the background one also notices the head of a horse – another symbol for nightmares in that era. Perhaps what the viewed is captured by the most is the fact that the incubus is staring outward from the frame and the eyes of the horse are over dramatized.
Because of high interest in the painting Henry Fuseli is known to have made at least 3 versions and at that time there was even an engraving that circulated.
It is attributed to Thomas Burke and was created in 1783
A version of the painting was slightly adjusted as a satire for political reasons.
by Jacques LeClercq
Thou, sharper than a dagger thrust
Sinking into my plaintive heart,
Thou, frenzied and arrayed in lust,
Strong as a demon host whose art
Possessed my humbled soul at last,
Made it thy bed and thy domain,
Strumpet, to whom I am bound fast
As is the convict to his chain,
The stubborn gambler to his dice,
The rabid drunkard to his bowl,
The carcass to its vermin lice —
O thrice-accursèd be thy soul!
I called on the swift sword to smite
One blow to free my life of this,
I begged perfidious aconite
For succor in my cowardice.
But sword and poison in my need
Heaped scorn upon my craven mood,
Saying: “Unworthy to be freed,
From thine accursed servitude,
O fool, if through our efforts, Fate
Absolved thee from thy sorry plight,
Thy kisses would resuscitate
Thy vampire’s corpse for thy delight.”
† Short Stories
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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