The Loogaroo – A Caribbean Vampire Legend

loogaroo11    The Loogaroo, also known as a Soucouyant in other areas of the Caribbean, lives as an old woman on the outskirts of a village.  When darkness falls the Loogaroo sheds her wrinkled skin and flies through the night sky as a fireball, hunting for her next victim.  In this form the Loogaroo may enter the home of her victim through any crack or crevice, even a keyhole.

When the Loogaroo chooses her prey she will feed from them while they sleep; if she takes too much blood and kills her victim it is said that if the victim does not turn into a Loogaroo himself then he will perish, leaving his killer to inhabit his skin.

The Loogaroo is said to practice witchcraft and or Voodoo, any of her victims’ blood that is not consumed or used in black art rituals is said to be traded to Bazil (a demon known to reside in the silk cotton tree) for evil powers.

In order to expose the Loogaroo, villagers would place a pile of rice at the village crossroads; the Loogaroo would be obligated to gather each grain (much like the European legends).  The villagers when then destroy the Loogaroos’ skin with salt while she was consumed by her task.

 

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The Keres – A Greek Vampire Legend

keres         In Greek Legend the Keres were said to be female death spirits, known to have been the

daughters of Nyx.   The Keres were dark and evil creatures with gnashing teeth and claws and an

insatiable thirst for human blood.  They were commonly spotted hovering above the battlegrounds

of war searching for wounded and dying men to feed upon.  An account of them may be found in the

Shield of Heracles, an archaic Greek book thought to have been penned in the late third and early

second century B.C.E.  An English translation of the verse is as follows:

The black Dooms gnashing their white teeth, grim-eyed, fierce, bloody, terrifying fought

over the men   who were dying for they were all longing to drink dark blood.  As soon as

they caught a man who had fallen or one newly wounded, one of them clasped her great

claws around him and his soul went down to Hades, to chilly Tartarus. And when they

had satisfied their hearts with human blood, they would throw that one behind them and

rush back again into the battle and the tumult.

It is possible that a connection exists between Keres and the Valkyries of Norse myth.  Both deities are war spirits that fly over

battlefields during conflicts and choose those to be slain. The difference is that Valkyries are benevolent deities in contrast to the

malevolence of the Keres, perhaps due to the different outlook of the two cultures towards war. Also the Greek word “keres”

(choice) and the Old Norse word “kyrja” (to choose) from “valkyrja” seem to have a common root.

 

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Talk Ink Host Kimm Marie interviewing Vampire Historian Lyn Gibson

blog photo         DonnaInk Publications, L.L.C. Author Lyn Gibson has gained the title of “Vampire Historian” as a recognized expert on the topic of the Nosferatu across the country, if not the globe and she’s being interviewed on Talk Ink by Host Kimm Marie.

 

PRLog (Press Release)May 2, 2014ORLANDO, Fla.DonnaInk Publications, L.L.C. Author Lyn Gibson will be appearing this Sunday night on Talk Ink. Host Kimm Marie will be interviewing Ms. Gibson about the impending release of “Adrian’s Fury,” Volume II of “The Adrian Trilogy.”

“The Adrian Trilogy” is rapidly becoming recognized as the most authentic depiction of the Vampire among recent releases. Ms. Gibson is driven in reviving the true malevolent characteristics of the Nosferatu in response to the recent flux of PG-13 vampire persona that has been so quickly accepted by society.

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The Jumlin – A Vampire Legend from the Cherokee Nation

indian          The Jumlin is widely referred to within the Cherokee Nation as the father of vampires.  His Legend is as follows:

There was once a wise Medicine Man who was married to a woman named Laughing Sky.  The Medicine Man loved his wife but unfortunately Laughing Sky was barren.  He prayed many times to the Great Spirit but to no avail.  Out of grief and frustration, the Medicine Man turned to the dark arts and summoned a demon, which promised him many healthy offspring; the demons’ name was Jumlin.    When the Demon materialized he possessed the Medicine Man and transformed him into a bloodthirsty beast, which craved human flesh.

The demon kept his word, Laughing Sky bore many healthy offspring, however the possessed Medicine Man did not stop with his wife; he in turn found great pleasure in raping the other women of the village who also bore his children.  Many of them were just as evil as their father but one in particular stood out above the rest.

Laughing Bear was the last child that Laughing Sky bore.  After Laughing Bear was born, Jumlin drained the blood from Laughing Sky and left her corpse to rot.  Jumlin gathered his offspring and fled the village as world had spread of a great hunting party that had gathered and were coming for him.  Jumlin and his vicious brood would travel from village to village, raping, pillaging and murdering.  Before he departed each village, Jumlin would abandon one of his offspring so that the surviving women of the village would unknowingly take the child in and raise it as one of their own.  In this manner, Jumlins’  bloodline secretly flourished.

One day Jumlin spotted the daughter of a Chief from a neighboring village and attacked her.  When the Chief heard her cries he raced to the scene where he was met by the great hunting party.  Together they defeated Jumlin and killed most of his offspring, but Laughing Bear and a few other siblings managed to escape.

It is said that the children of Jumlin live to this day; they walk among us and they breed with us.  Though they seem completely human, they are to this day, creatures of darkness.

 

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