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An obayifo is a vampire-like mythological creature from West Africa coming from the folklore of the Ashanti.[1] It is known as asiman by the Dahomey people.[1] The obayifo was also considered a kind of witch. In Ashanti folklore, obayifo are very common and may inhabit the bodies of ordinary people.[2] They are described as having shifty eyes and being obsessed with food.[2] When travelling at night they are said to emit a phosphorescent light from their armpits and anus.[2]

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  1. ^ a b Davison, Carol Margaret; Paul Simpson-Housley (1997). Bram Stoker's Dracula: Sucking Through the Century, 1897-1997. Dundurn Press Ltd. p. 354. ISBN 1-55002-279-2.
  2. ^ a b c Williams, Joseph J. (2003). Psychic Phenomena of Jamaica. Kessinger Publishing. p. 62. ISBN 0-7661-3538-1.