List of vampires in folklore

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This list covers the many types of vampires or vampire-like legendary creatures of global folklore. It does not include any vampire that originates in a work of fiction.








  • Gashadokuro - Japan
  • Glaistig (Scotland)
  • Garkain (Australia)
  • Grando the Carniola Vampire (Yugoslavia 1689)
  • Ghoul (Arabic lore) - "The Arabic stories of the ghole spread east and were adopted by the people of the Orient, where it evolved as a type of vampiric spirit called a ghoul."[23] Variants: Alqul (Arabia),[24] Aluga (Bible; Proverbs 30:15),[25] Balbal (Tagbanua, Philippines),[15] Ghoulas (Algeria);[23] Katacan (Sri Lanka).[26]













  • Talamaur – Australia
  • Thayé – Burma with the spelling variation:
    • Tasei
  • Tlahuelpuchi – Mexico with the following spelling variation:
    • Tlaciques








  1. ^ Bane 2010, p. 97.
  2. ^ Coulter, Charles Russell. Turner, Patricia.'Dictionary of Ancient Deities'. Oxford University Press, 2001 ISBN 0195145046, 9780195145045
  3. ^
  4. ^ Curran, Bob (Summer 2000). "Was Dracula an Irishman?". History Ireland. 8 (2).
  5. ^ Bane 2010, p. 14.
  6. ^ Bane 2010, p. 17-18.
  7. ^ "Variation: Alb, Alf, ALFEMOE, Alpdaemon, Alpen, Alpes, Alpmann, anders, ApSARAS, BOCKSHEXE, BOCKSMARTE, Cauquemare, Chauche Vieille, Dochje, DOCKELE, Dockeli, Doggi, Druckerl, Drude, Drut, Drutt, Elbe, Fraueli, Inuus, Lee-TON, Lork, Maar, Mahr, Mahrt, Mahrte, Mar, Mara, Mare, MART, Moor, Mora, Morous, Mura, Murawa, Nachtmaennli, Nachtmahr, Nachtmanndli, Nachtmannlein, Nachtmerrie, Nachtschwalbe, Nachttoter, Nielop, Nightmare, Night Terror, Old Hag, Quauquemaire, Racking One, Ratzel, Schratlein, Schrattel, Schrattele, Schratteli, Schrattl, Schrettele, Schrotle, Schrotlein, Schrsttel, Stampare, Stampen, Stampfen, Stempe, Sukkubus, Toggeli, Trampling, Trempe, Trud, Trude, Trutte, Tryd, Tudd, Vampyr, Walrider, Walriderske, Wichtel, and numerous others through history and geographic region" (sic) - Bane, Theresa (2010) Encyclopedia of Vampire Mythology McFarland pg 17
  8. ^ Bane 2010, p. 21.
  9. ^ Bunson, Matthew. 'The Vampire Encyclopedia'. Gramercy Books, 2000 Original from Indiana University.ISBN 0517162067, ISBN 978-0-517-16206-4
  10. ^ Bane 2010, p. 24.
  11. ^ Bane 2010, p. 24; 110.
  12. ^ Bane 2010, p. 25.
  13. ^ Bane 2010, p. 28.
  14. ^ The Badmaarag is a vampiric awakening created when her grandma died 7 years before her birth(2005). The lady was a vampiric spirit before she passed away and was devoured by her grandchild. They say Badmaarag has two souls, while others say she doesn't have any. She struggled to transform into a vampire. She noticed physical difference when she started puberty. Deja-vu visions were noticeable. She gave up her humanity and said her vows in between two trees "From this day i shall be human no more. With this apple in my hand, i represent my soul. With this figure on the apple, i represent my humanity in me. With this dirt under me, i represent my vampires. Hear me clearly, when the time comes, on the last day i shall be a vampire! Once the apple is decomposed, the human in me shall be long gone! My soul shall never return as it will be replaced by a demon. I shall never be the same again as i will be a vampire. I now bury the apple, the tree shall not be lonely as i will visit." She promised to take care of the tree till the last day of her humanity and said the vows "Oh! My child, you are lonely here! Fear not as i shall keep thee company, will visit you till the last day of thy humanity. Oh! My child, you are sick! Fear not as i shall aid you, will bring you water till the last day of thy humanity. Oh! My child, you need sun! Fear not as i shall be your light, will light your way till the last day of thy humanity. You have my words, rest now as i will protect you." With these vows she decided to visit the tree till the last day of her humanity. The day came quickly as the apple was too small. Her biggest mistake was breaking her promise to take care of the tree. She is now known as the New Vampire Queen as some say she carries Lilith's soul energy. Beware! She looks younger than her age! Do not let her fool you! Do not go to her house! Do not stay alone with her in the same room! Do not disrespect her! Do not go on her bad side! On the 17th of February(her physical birthdate) and bloodmoon do not get too close to her! Please do note that she will kill you without hesitation if she gets the chance!
  15. ^ a b Bane 2010, p. 29.
  16. ^ The baka is a vampiric spirit created when abokor (a Vodun priest) who has led a life of evil dies." - Bane, Theresa (2010) Encyclopedia of Vampire Mythology McFarland pg 29
  17. ^ Bane 2010, p. 34.
  18. ^
  19. ^
  20. ^ Bane 2010, p. 52.
  21. ^ Bane 2010, p. 56.
  22. ^ "Variation: Elatomsk, Erestan, Erestun, Erestuny, Eretica, Eretich, Ereticy, Eretiku, Eretitsa, Eretnica, Eretnik, Eretnitsa (female), Xloptuny" Bane, Theresa (2010) Encyclopedia of Vampire Mythology McFarland pg 61
  23. ^ a b Bane 2010, p. 66.
  24. ^ Bane 2010, p. 18.
  25. ^ Bane 2010, p. 19.
  26. ^ Bane 2010, p. 83.
  27. ^
  28. ^ Bane 2010, p. 13.
  29. ^ Bane 2010, p. 146.


  • Bane, Theresa (2010). Encyclopedia of Vampire Mythology. McFarland. ISBN 9780786444526. There is both an internet archive and website version of this work.
  • Spence, Lewis (1960) An Encyclopaedia of Occultism University Books Inc. New Hyde Park, New York
  • The Vampire Watchers Handbook by "Constantine Gregory" and Craig Glenday, 2003 St. Martin's Press New York New York, pages 62–63
  • Mysteries of Mind Space and Time, The Unexplained series 1992 Orbis Publishing Limited, Westport, Connecticut, Pages 150–151,
  • A World of Vampires, documentary special, from the Two-Disk Special Edition Lost Boys DVD
  • The Vampire Book by J. Gordon Melton
  • The Vampire Encyclopedia by Matthew Bunson
  • Vampire Universe by Johnathan Maberry
  • Vampires by Leonard R.N. Ashley