In Polish folklore a strzyga is an undead blood-sucking demon similar to a vampire.
From Wikipedia (source:https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Strzyga)
People who were born with two hearts and two souls and two sets of teeth (the second one barely visible) were believed to be strzygas. Furthermore, a newborn child with already developed teeth was also believed to be one. When a person was identified as a strzyga he was chased away from human dwelling places. Such strzygas usually died at a young age, but, according to belief, only one of their two souls would pass to the afterlife; the other soul was believed to cause the deceased strzyga to come back to life and prey upon other living beings. These undead strzyga were believed to fly at night in a form of an owl and attack night-time travelers and people who had wandered off into the woods at night, sucking out their blood and eating their insides. Strzyga were also believed to be satisfied with animal blood, for a short period of time.
When a person believed to be a strzyga died, decapitating the corpse and burying the head separate from the rest of the body was believed to prevent the strzyga from rising from the dead; burying the body face down with a sickle around its head was believed to work as well.
In Korea we have the Kumiho. It’s a nine-tailed fox spirit that shapeshifts into a beautiful woman to seduce men. Once the entranced men let their guard down, the Kumiho kills them and consumes their entrails.
They say that it happens mostly in the province of the Philippines where pregnant women are in danger of having the tiktik visit them. The name come from the noise they make at night, tik tik tik tik tik. They are normal people during the day and usually turns into this creature at night. They fly (more info about this later) on the roof of the pregnant woman’s home and puncture the roof with their tongue. The tongue then extends and the further it extends it turns more of a pin size, easily puncturing the woman’s belly and sucking up the fetus and everything inside the womb killing the baby.
To prevent having a visit from the tiktik people often hang garlic in the room.
Some say that the tiktik are kinds of “manananggal” (mah-nah-nang-gal) who are creatures that again, normal in the day but at night their abdominal separates from the legs and the upper part extends a large bat like wing and just flies away to hunt animals or people or sometimes sucks baby from woman’s stomach.
Manananggal can only be killed if you can find the lower part of the body and sprinkle salt on the exposed internals preventing the top part from reconnecting to its body.
There’s words that the modern manananggal does not separate anymore.
I’m not from there, but in Japan there is a two-mouthed woman called futakuchi-onna, whose second mouth is on the back of her head.
The story goes that a stingy man who hated paying for anything extra. He met a woman who didn’t eat, so he took her for his wife. He was thrilled that he never had to pay for any extra food, but soon noticed his rice stores were rapidly decreasing.
One day he stayed home to try and catch the culprit, and saw his wife part her hair at the back, to reveal a huge mouth on the back of her head, and her hair reached out and shovelled rice into that mouth.
There are plenty of horror films and stories that feature her now.
In Louisiana, cajun folk have the Rougarou. It’s a swamp monster with a werewolf form that travels the swamps searching for disobedient kids. There is also Le Feu Follet. Its a lighted mist that rises from the swamps and if you try to follow it, it only leads you deeper into the dark swamps. Pretty creepy stuff for a kid to read about.
Not the country I’m living in, but I am part Filipino.
WakWak, an amalgamation of a vampire and a bird-like creature(think vampire with large wings on its back), is a creature/ghost that comes out at night.
It most commonly loves to prey on women, especially pregnant women, and little children. WakWak is said to derive from the sounds their wings make when flying, but some believe it to be the call of the creature(I believe the latter for the following reason).
Once, at my grandmother’s house(a shabby, run down house in the middle of a village on the outskirts of a forest), my mum was telling me stories about the WakWak at night because I love ghost stories. It gets me really excited and interested, but halfway through the story-telling, we heard something land on the roof of our house, which was made of zinc plates, and in a very low-pitched yet shrill sound – “WAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAK”.
Mum and I froze in our seats. Our eyes widened at the same time hahahahaha it was so scary to hear it whilst talking about said creature. While I was still paralysed with shock, my mum jumped out of her seat and immediately closed the windows shut(it was wide open but as it was a village, no lights aside from the stars in the sky, so it was pitch black).
The draug is pretty terrifying(Norway). The way I’ve always heard it told, is he’s the embodiment of sailors who died far away from home in shipwrecks. He sails around in half a boat. If you see him while at sea, it’s bad luck- or as my grandpa used to explain it, he’s waiting to eat your souls, because there WILL be an accident and those who don’t die in that will be killed by him personally. Oh yeah, and he looks like a rotting corpse.
Finns used to believe in the liekkiö, the spirit of a baby that had been born outside of wedlock and killed by its mother. It had been buried in unconsecrated ground in the forest, and its spirit could therefore not go on, but was stuck on earth as a ghost. It would scream in the night like a baby. A liekkiö could start following a traveller, and scare them by screaming, laughing, or repeating their words like a creepy echo. Sometimes a liekkiö would appear in the form of a bird or a will-o’-the-wisp. In some cases the liekkiö could be made to stop screaming by saying: “Where were you when Christ hung on the cross?”
In Hungary we have the “vasorrú bába” or the “witch with iron nose”. They abduct and eat children.
We also have the “Lidérc”, a demonic creature that sits on your chest while you sleep. You can’t move while it sucks your life energy away. This being is believed to be related to sleep paralysis hallucinations.
I’m from the US and there’s going to be a lot of examples. So I’m going to be more specific and tell you about the Appalachian region’s Taily-Po.
The taily-po is a large, black cat-like creature with a wide grin and long claws. The story goes that one day, a man out hunting with his three hounds came across the creature. Hungry, the man chops off its long tail with an ax, the creature runs off, and the man takes the tail back to his cabin and makes a stew out of it.
As the man slept, he was awoken by a scratching sound. It was the creature, and in a demonic voice it said, “taily-po, taily-po, whos’ got my taily-po.”
The man sics his dogs on the creature. One of the dogs chases the creature into the darkness, but is never seen again. And so it goes the next night, and the night after, until finally the man has no dogs left to protect him.
That night, the man lies awake, hoping that dawn will come. But just before dawn breaks, the creature appears again and hovers over his bed. “Taily-po, taily-po, who’s got my taily-po?” The frightened hunter screams, “I haven’t got your taily-po!”
The enraged creature yells back “Yes you have! Yes you have!” as he rips the man to shreds in his own bed with his claws.
And still, if you are alone in the woods at night, you may hear this vicious creature searching for it’s long lost tail.
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