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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A Baobhan Sith (pronounced baa’-van shee) is the Scottish version of a succubus, with a bit of a twist. It is a beautiful seductresses, who will prey on young travelers by night and return to its grave by day. They were known to have iron as a weakness.
The words “Baobhan Sith” are the translation for “fairy woman” in Scottish Gaelic.
Also known as “the White Women of the Scottish Highlands”, Baobhan Sidhe, Bavanshee or Baavan Shee, the Baobhan Sith is a cross between a vampire and a fairy, usually described as a woman of exceptional beauty what wears a green or white dress.
The preferred area of the attack was in a wooded region and wounds were normally inflicted on the victims in the neck veins, using their fingernails. The Baobhan Sith would suck the blood or, in older versions of the tale, the life force or even sexual potency from the victim.
They look very ordinary until they attack, then their delicate hands turn into talons to bleed their unsuspecting victims. And it all begins with an invitation to dance.
[drawn by Andrew DeFelice]
There were never any known male baobhan sith, but if a woman is killed by these creatures, she will turn into one.
Most of the Baobhan Sith where previously enchanters or witches who keep on using their skills after death.
They rise from their graves once a year in order to feed. A Baobhan Sith can be trapped in their coffin by building a stone cairn over their grave, this was thought to stop them from rising.
Note: In medieval versions of the tale, the baobhan sith were often depicted with cloven hooves, keep hidden under the dress and were supposed to be afraid of horses.
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† Vampires in ancient cultures
Vampire related activity might have been more common during the Middle Ages, however if you were under the impression that the “mobs with forks and torches” nights were over I`m sorry to say that we were all wrong.
Bloodsuckers are currently being hunted in a mountainous region of Malawi.
Just as some regions become more and more advanced, others are determined to follow the age-old traditions!
In a saga that has been unfolding over the last weeks, last night added 2 victims in the region of Mulanje – Malawi. This raises the total numbers of “bloodsucker” victims to 6 – over 3 separate incidents!
They were apparently burned alive by a violent group of people who blamed them for unconfirmed attacks.
Police spokesman in Mulanje, Gresham Ngwira, confirmed the killings, saying “Two people were killed by a mob for allegedly being bloodsuckers,” he said.
Stories of vampires sucking people’s blood in the dead of the night have been circulating in Mulanje for days!
The UNAMAPOPA [as vampires are reffered to in the region] had been terrorizing the locals with their bizarre methodology – said to involve somehow disabling their target using an electrical charge or chemical substance, removing their blood via an unidentified instrument, and then vanishing in the form of a cat or dog.
Currently 20 suspects are in police custody at Mulanje Police Station following the killing of three strangers, arson and vandalism.
Furthermore, the UK volunteers that are serving in Malawi have been advised by the Embassy to avoid the area due to ongoing acts of vigilante justice aimed at the foreigners due to the vampire rituals rumors.
“Love and Pain” was given to the world by Edvard Munch in 1893 and there are six versions of the work created between 1893 and 1895 – most of them currently in museum collections.
Despite “Love and Pain” being most recognizable in the above version, he also painted derivatives in later life, using various methods.
The painting shows a woman with long flame-red hair kissing a man on the neck, as the couple embrace.
The painting was first called “Vampire” by Munch’s friend, the critic Stanisław Przybyszewski.
He first saw the “Love and Pain” on exhibition and described it as “a man who has become submissive, and on his neck a biting vampire’s face.”
One of the other versions bares the name “Vampyr II” and is actually a woodcut with a very similar theme and composition, created by Edvard Munch in 1985.
Another interesting fact is that a 1894 version of “Love and Pain” was sold in 2008 for an impressive $38.2mil making it the most expensive Munch painting auctioned – to date.