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Hundreds of years of legends and myths about vampires have created many popular tales of vampires who presumably walked on Earth and fed upon the innocent victims. Here you can find out more about some of the most famous vampires from our history and literature.
Manananggal is the creature from Philippine mythology. It is a half human and half bat. The word manananggal means to separate or to remove itself. It is usually described as scary female monster who can separate her torso and spread huge bat-like wings. She attacks people on their sleep and sucks their blood. Legend says that manananggal prey on a pregnant woman and sucks the heart of the fetus with her long tongue.
Chupacabra is a folklore and urban legend creature which sucks blood from livestock, often goats. The name came from chupar, meaning to suck, and cabra, meaning goat. This vampire-like predator avoids contact with people. The biological explanation for this myth is that people saw canids afflicted by mange. Canidae is carnivorans family like wolves, dingoes, jackals and foxes. Mange is a skin disease caused by parasitic mites, manifesting as a poor condition of the hairy coat due to the infection.
Strigoi, also known as vampires, are beings from Romanian mythology. It is believed that they have superhuman speed and strength, shapeshift ability, immortality, astral projection, and invisibility. Strigoi can manifest as a poltergeist, a troublesome ghost. Strigoi are considered lethargic and drowsy during day and active during the night. They attack their victims during the night leaving teeth marks on the corpses.