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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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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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.
George Hodgson died in Dent [Yorkshire] in 1715, aged ninety-four.
So far nothing out of the ordinary…
But local rumors had it that his remarkable longevity was due to him selling his soul to the Devil; and that George enjoyed a daily glass of sheep’s blood as a tonic.
A farmer declared that he had once spotted a black hare – unquestionably a witch’s familiar – had understandably blasted at it with his gun, injured it and followed the creature’s bloody trail to George’s house, where he peered through a window and saw George bandaging a shot gun wound.
It wasn`t long after his burial [in a remote corner of the churchyard of the parish church, St Andrew’s], that people began to see George walking around the village at night. Some texts will add to this that the “victims” all died.
To prevent further deaths his body was exhumed. When the coffin was opened, it was found that his hair and nails had grown and the flesh was glowing pink as though the corpse were alive. The body was reburied next to the church porch, with a stake through its heart for good measure.
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