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* Some UsefulNotes/{{Romani}} populations in parts of Eastern Europe (particularly Slovakia and Romania) believe all the diseases and ailments that plague humanity can be traced back to an abusive and unnatural union between good and evil. The story goes that the King of the Loçolico (former humans twisted into demonic entities) became obsessed with Ana, a princess of the Keshalyi (good fairies). After she refused his advances, he started a genocidal war against the Keshalyi, forcing her to marry him to spare her people from utter annihilation. Understandably, she was reluctant to sleep with him, so he [[MaritalRapeLicense forced himself on her]] multiple times, resulting in a brood of horrifying children that would go on to cause illness among humans. While the King eventually agreed to divorce his wife, the ordeal she suffered harmed her so badly that she has to drink a dose of nymphs' blood every day in order to stay alive, and left her so traumatized that she scarcely ever leaves her isolated mountain castle.

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* Myth/RomaniMythology: Some UsefulNotes/{{Romani}} populations in parts of Eastern Europe (particularly Slovakia and Romania) believe all the diseases and ailments that plague humanity can be traced back to an abusive and unnatural union between good and evil. The story goes that the King of the Loçolico (former humans twisted into demonic entities) became obsessed with Ana, a princess of the Keshalyi (good fairies). After she refused his advances, he started a genocidal war against the Keshalyi, forcing her to marry him to spare her people from utter annihilation. Understandably, she was reluctant to sleep with him, so he [[MaritalRapeLicense forced himself on her]] multiple times, resulting in a brood of horrifying children that would go on to cause illness among humans. While the King eventually agreed to divorce his wife, the ordeal she suffered harmed her so badly that she has to drink a dose of nymphs' blood every day in order to stay alive, and left her so traumatized that she scarcely ever leaves her isolated mountain castle.


*** It's quite telling that both the Hopkinsville Goblins and the Flatwoods Monster were used as inspiration for the alien abduction Romani Ranch side quest (one of the most terrifying things in the game), in ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaMajorasMask''.

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*** It's quite telling that both the Hopkinsville Goblins and the Flatwoods Monster were used as inspiration for the alien abduction AlienAbduction Romani Ranch side quest (one of the most terrifying things in the game), in ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaMajorasMask''.



** The {{Chupacabra}} is the modern [[OurVampiresAreDifferent vampire]], a beast of possibly alien origin who drains the blood from livestock, has supernatural strength and agility, and is feared among Latino populations everywhere. The "coyote with mange" depiction is full of {{Narm}}, but the classic Chupacabra, which resembles a mix between a Grey alien and a [[RaptorAttack Velociraptor]], is one of the more nightmare-inducing creatures of recent times. There are no stories of attacks on humans yet, but who knows?

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** * The {{Chupacabra}} is the modern [[OurVampiresAreDifferent vampire]], a beast of possibly alien origin who drains the blood from livestock, has [[SuperStrength supernatural strength strength]] and agility, and is feared among Latino populations everywhere. The "coyote with mange" depiction is full of {{Narm}}, but the classic Chupacabra, which resembles a mix between a Grey alien and a [[RaptorAttack Velociraptor]], is one of the more nightmare-inducing creatures of recent times. And it's apparently spreading. Initially, it seemed to only be found in UsefulNotes/PuertoRico, but now sightings occur all over the Americas. Some have even reported seeing the creature as far away as Russia and the Philippines. There are no stories of attacks on humans yet, but who knows?


** Of course, depending on certain interpretations of the myth, this just [[FromBadToWorse gets worse]]. Jiang Shi's bouncing sounds silly, unless it becomes jumping. Jumping high enough to leap over fortress walls and land silently behind any traditional defenses. They are also said to be covered in what looks like white fur. This "fur" turns out to be [[{{Squick}} white, stringy mold]]. Finally, one of the few ways to actually stop a Jiang Shi? Take a [[{{Ofuda}} sacred piece of paper]] and nail it to its forehead. Meaning you would have to get ''really'' close to one of these monsters to even pull it off.

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** Of course, depending on certain interpretations of the myth, this just [[FromBadToWorse gets worse]]. Jiang Shi's bouncing sounds silly, unless it becomes jumping. [[InASingleBound Jumping high enough to leap over fortress walls walls]] and land silently behind any traditional defenses. They are also said to be covered in what looks like white fur. This "fur" turns out to be [[{{Squick}} white, stringy mold]]. Finally, one of the few ways to actually stop a Jiang Shi? Take a [[{{Ofuda}} sacred piece of paper]] and nail it to its forehead. Meaning you would have to get ''really'' close to one of these monsters to even pull it off.



* Although kids have often heard of these other cryptids, don't tell your kids about the Popobawa. A one-eyed, bat-like ogre from East Africa, it's said to [[RapeAsDrama sodomize its victims]] in the middle of the night. This demon has been blamed by hysterical villagers in Zanzibar, Tanzania for raping people since the 1960s.

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* Although kids have often heard of these other cryptids, [[OurCryptidsAreMoreMysterious cryptids]], don't tell your kids about the Popobawa. A one-eyed, bat-like ogre from East Africa, it's said to [[RapeAsDrama sodomize its victims]] in the middle of the night. This demon has been blamed by hysterical villagers in Zanzibar, Tanzania for raping people since the 1960s.



* Burrunjor. Descriptions of it say it is a large scaly predator that stands on two legs with two tiny arms. It is 25 feet in length, and eats large animals, like cattle. Cast of its footprints show it has three toes. Yeah, it's a motherfucking TyrannosaurusRex. ''AND OF COURSE [[EverythingTryingToKillYou IT'S FROM]] [[LandDownUnder AUSTRALIA]]!''

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* Burrunjor. Descriptions of it say it is a large scaly predator that stands on two legs with two tiny arms. It is 25 feet in length, and eats large animals, like cattle. Cast Casts of its footprints show it has three toes. Yeah, it's a motherfucking TyrannosaurusRex. ''AND OF COURSE [[EverythingTryingToKillYou IT'S FROM]] [[LandDownUnder AUSTRALIA]]!''

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** The [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tzitzimitl Tzitzimimeh]] are a race of minor female deities that look like [[DemBones skeletal]] [[OurDemonsAreDifferent demons]] with sharp claws and nails made of steel and with [[BodyHorror living snakes as penises]], despite them [[BizarreAlienBiology being female]]. They had a double role in folk tales. One on hand, they were associated with fertility and as such were worshipped by midwives and pregnant women. On the other hand, they were particularly dangerous during times of cosmic instability and often threatened to destroy the Sun with the intent of descending to Earth and devour every single living creature. In fact, the Tzitzimime were the main reason as to why Aztec society had HumanSacrifice as a major part of their religion, since they believed that giving the Gods (minus [[TokenGoodTeammate Quetzalcoatl]] of course) constant nourishment was the only way to keep the deities strong enough to keep the demons at bay.


* The concept of the [[ChineseVampire Jiang Shi]] may seem silly -- what's so dangerous about Qing Dynasty-era officials who are also bouncing vampires? Well, first of all, they're [[NighInvulnerable nearly invincible]]. Bullets? Nope. Buckshot? Nah. Explosives? Knocks them over, but soon they'll be up again. Second, they are deadly enough to wipe out whole villages. Third, ''they can kill you by breathing.'' Fourth, they don't just suck your blood, they rip your throat out. Fifth, with one well-timed bounce aimed at you, they can knock you over and turn you into them. And last of all, as long as you're breathing -- ''they will find you.''

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* The concept of the [[ChineseVampire Jiang Shi]] may seem silly -- what's so dangerous about Qing Dynasty-era officials who are also bouncing vampires? Well, first of all, they're [[NighInvulnerable [[NighInvulnerability nearly invincible]]. Bullets? Nope. Buckshot? Nah. Explosives? Knocks them over, but soon they'll be up again. Second, they are deadly enough to wipe out whole villages. Third, ''they can kill you by breathing.'' Fourth, they don't just suck your blood, they rip your throat out. Fifth, with one well-timed bounce aimed at you, they can knock you over and turn you into them. And last of all, as long as you're breathing -- ''they will find you.''



** While the Hopkinsville Goblins are UglyCute, they're also NighInvulnerable little bastards who allegedly attacked a Kentucky family's homestead, which makes them disturbingly creepy.

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** While the Hopkinsville Goblins are UglyCute, they're also NighInvulnerable [[NighInvulnerability Nigh-Invulnerable]] little bastards who allegedly attacked a Kentucky family's homestead, which makes them disturbingly creepy.


* Myth/HinduMythology has a story where Kali, having worked herself into a bloodthirsty frenzy during a battle she just won, goes on an epic killing spree where she destroys everything in sight. She only stopped because Shiva disguised himself as a log and waited for her to step on him, turning back into his normal form as she did so to snap her out of it.

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* Myth/HinduMythology has a story where Kali, having worked herself into a bloodthirsty frenzy during a battle against some Asuras she just won, goes on an epic killing spree where she destroys everything in sight. She only stopped because Shiva disguised himself as a log and waited for her to step on him, turning back into his normal form as she did so to snap her out of it.


* The concept of the [[ChineseVampire Jiang Shi]] may seem silly -- what's so dangerous about Qing Dynasty-era officials who are also bouncing vampires? Well, first of all, they're nearly invincible. Bullets? Nope. Buckshot? Nah. Explosives? Knocks them over, but soon they'll be up again. Second, they are deadly enough to wipe out whole villages. Third, ''they can kill you by breathing.'' Fourth, they don't just suck your blood, they rip your throat out. Fifth, with one well-timed bounce aimed at you, they can knock you over and turn you into them. And last of all, as long as you're breathing -- ''they will find you.''

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* The concept of the [[ChineseVampire Jiang Shi]] may seem silly -- what's so dangerous about Qing Dynasty-era officials who are also bouncing vampires? Well, first of all, they're [[NighInvulnerable nearly invincible.invincible]]. Bullets? Nope. Buckshot? Nah. Explosives? Knocks them over, but soon they'll be up again. Second, they are deadly enough to wipe out whole villages. Third, ''they can kill you by breathing.'' Fourth, they don't just suck your blood, they rip your throat out. Fifth, with one well-timed bounce aimed at you, they can knock you over and turn you into them. And last of all, as long as you're breathing -- ''they will find you.''


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* Myth/HinduMythology has a story where Kali, having worked herself into a bloodthirsty frenzy during a battle she just won, goes on an epic killing spree where she destroys everything in sight. She only stopped because Shiva disguised himself as a log and waited for her to step on him, turning back into his normal form as she did so to snap her out of it.


* Goatman, an AxCrazy being from the southern United States who brutally murders people and destroys parked cars with an axe.
** Don't forget Bunnyman, who's basically Goatman but as a huge, humanoid rabbit with an axe. While that may sound pretty ridiculous, and is probably just [[NightmareRetardant a dude in a costume]], it's still plenty creepy that a guy insane enough to run around in a bunny suit, vandalizing property for no reason at all, is out free in the world and carrying an axe.

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* Goatman, an AxCrazy being from the southern United States who brutally murders people and destroys parked cars with an axe.
[[AnAxeToGrind axe]].
** Don't forget Bunnyman, who's basically Goatman but as a huge, humanoid rabbit [[HairRaisingHare rabbit]] with an axe. While that may sound pretty ridiculous, and is probably just [[NightmareRetardant a dude in a costume]], it's still plenty creepy that a guy insane enough to run around in a bunny suit, vandalizing property for no reason at all, is out free in the world and carrying an axe.


** And in some stories, when the faeries are being benevolent and trying to right what they see as a wrong, they go about in truly disturbing and horrifying ways. For example, a young man whose father is very rich, lives a carefree and playboy lifestyle without his dad's knowledge. However, when he gets a girl pregnant and his dad finds out, the father confronts him one night tells him that he must marry the girl or be disinherited. The son has until morning to give him an answer, and goes for a walk to think it over. However, as he is walking, he starts to hear voices, laughing and giggling, and the sound of something rather large being dragged across the ground. The son starts to walk faster, trying to get away, but the noises just keep getting closer and closer, until eventually, the dragging sound stops... and a human corpse is thrown at his feet. The faeries tell him that he buries the corpse, or when morning comes, they will take him away. The son tries to get away, but is tripped up and the corpse lunges onto his back, its arms wrapping around his neck and locking together. And he can't get it off. So, he runs to the nearest cemetery, finds a shovel, starts digging... but when he slices into the flesh of another corpse, ''it gets up and tell him he cannot bury the corpse here.'' He runs to another graveyard, tries again, and the exact same thing happens. Every cemetery he goes to and tries to bury the corpse in, another one already buried there gets up and says he can't. Eventually, just as he can see the first signs of the sun rising, he finds a cemetery with an open grave, with a shovel and a pile of dirt next to it. The corpse slides off him into the grave, and quickly buries it, barely finishing before the morning starts. He goes back home and agrees to marry the girl, but if that is how the faeries act benevolently, one shudders to imagine what they do if they become malevolent...

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** And in some stories, when the faeries are being benevolent and trying to right what they see as a wrong, they go about in truly disturbing and horrifying ways. For example, a young man whose father is very rich, lives a carefree and playboy lifestyle without his dad's knowledge. However, when he gets a girl pregnant and his dad finds out, the father confronts him one night tells him that he must marry the girl or be disinherited. The son has until morning to give him an answer, and goes for a walk to think it over. However, as he is walking, he starts to hear voices, laughing and giggling, and the sound of something rather large being dragged across the ground. The son starts to walk faster, trying to get away, but the noises just keep getting closer and closer, until eventually, the dragging sound stops... and a human corpse is thrown at his feet. The faeries tell him that he either buries the corpse, or when morning comes, they will take him away. The son tries to get away, but is tripped up and the corpse lunges onto his back, its arms wrapping around his neck and locking together. And he can't get it off. So, he runs to the nearest cemetery, finds a shovel, starts digging... but when he slices into the flesh of another corpse, ''it gets up and tell tells him he cannot bury the corpse here.there.'' He runs to another graveyard, tries again, and the exact same thing happens. Every cemetery he goes to and tries to bury the corpse in, another one already buried there gets up and says he can't. Eventually, just as he can see the first signs of the sun rising, he finds a cemetery with an open grave, with a shovel and a pile of dirt next to it. The corpse slides off him into the grave, and quickly buries it, barely finishing before the morning starts. He goes back home and agrees to marry the girl, but if that is how the faeries act benevolently, one shudders to imagine what they do if they become malevolent...


** And in some stories, when the faeries are being benevolent and trying to right what they see as a wrong, they go about in truly disturbing and horrifying ways. For example, a young man who's father is very rich, lives a carefree and playboy lifestyle without his dad's knowledge. However, when he gets a girl pregnant and his dad finds out, the father confronts him one night tells him that he must marry the girl or be disinherited. The son has until morning to give him an answer, and goes for a walk to think it over. However, as he is walking, he starts to hear voices, laughing and giggling, and the sound of something rather large being dragged across the ground. The son starts to walk faster, trying to get away, but the noises just keep getting closer and closer, until eventually, the dragging sound stops... and a human corpse is thrown at his feet. The faeries tell him that he buries the corpse, or when morning comes, they will take him away. The son tries to get away, but is tripped up and the corpse lunges onto his back, its arms wrapping around his neck and locking together. And he can't get it off. So, he runs to the nearest cemetery, finds a shovel, starts digging... but when he slices into the flesh of another corpse, ''it gets up and tell him he cannot bury the corpse here.'' He runs to another graveyard, tries again, and the exact same thing happens. Every cemetery he goes to and tries to bury the corpse in, another one already buried there gets up and says he can't. Eventually, just as he can see the first signs of the sun rising, he finds a cemetery with an open grave, with a shovel and a pile of dirt next to it. The corpse slides off him into the grave, and quickly buries it, barely finishing before the morning starts. He goes back home and agrees to marry the girl, but if that is how the faeries act benevolently, one shudders to imagine what they do if they become malevolent...

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** And in some stories, when the faeries are being benevolent and trying to right what they see as a wrong, they go about in truly disturbing and horrifying ways. For example, a young man who's whose father is very rich, lives a carefree and playboy lifestyle without his dad's knowledge. However, when he gets a girl pregnant and his dad finds out, the father confronts him one night tells him that he must marry the girl or be disinherited. The son has until morning to give him an answer, and goes for a walk to think it over. However, as he is walking, he starts to hear voices, laughing and giggling, and the sound of something rather large being dragged across the ground. The son starts to walk faster, trying to get away, but the noises just keep getting closer and closer, until eventually, the dragging sound stops... and a human corpse is thrown at his feet. The faeries tell him that he buries the corpse, or when morning comes, they will take him away. The son tries to get away, but is tripped up and the corpse lunges onto his back, its arms wrapping around his neck and locking together. And he can't get it off. So, he runs to the nearest cemetery, finds a shovel, starts digging... but when he slices into the flesh of another corpse, ''it gets up and tell him he cannot bury the corpse here.'' He runs to another graveyard, tries again, and the exact same thing happens. Every cemetery he goes to and tries to bury the corpse in, another one already buried there gets up and says he can't. Eventually, just as he can see the first signs of the sun rising, he finds a cemetery with an open grave, with a shovel and a pile of dirt next to it. The corpse slides off him into the grave, and quickly buries it, barely finishing before the morning starts. He goes back home and agrees to marry the girl, but if that is how the faeries act benevolently, one shudders to imagine what they do if they become malevolent...


** The JerseyDevil is more than just the namesake of a hockey team. This demon is a slayer of livestock who was reportedly born when its mother wished that her thirteenth child would be a devil. It then [[SelfMadeOrphan killed its family]], and sightings of this monster have endured from the 1700's to the present day.

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** The JerseyDevil TheJerseyDevil is more than just the namesake of a hockey team. This demon is a slayer of livestock who was reportedly born when its mother wished that her thirteenth child would be a devil. It then [[SelfMadeOrphan killed its family]], and sightings of this monster have endured from the 1700's to the present day.


** Speaking of cannibalism, several Californian native tribes have the legend of Rolling Head. She was originally a young woman who went out to cut maple bark for a puberty ritual, even though it was forbidden. While cutting it, she pricked herself with a splinter and her finger began to bleed. [[WoundThatWillNotHeal It kept bleeding all day]], and when she tasted the blood, she discovered that she liked it, and [[{{Autocannibalism}} ate her finger. Then her hand. Then the rest of her body, until all that was left was her head.]] [[HorrorHunger And then she starts eating other people... even her sister, when she can't find anyone to devour.]] She's eventually [[HoistByHisOwnPetard eaten by a pike when she falls in a river]], but the idea that ''anyone'' can become a cannibalistic, nigh-invincible monster if they violate puberty taboos is chilling.

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** Speaking of cannibalism, several Californian native tribes have the legend of Rolling Head. She was originally a young woman who went out to cut maple bark for a puberty ritual, even though it was forbidden. While cutting it, she pricked herself with a splinter and her finger began to bleed. [[WoundThatWillNotHeal It kept bleeding all day]], and when she tasted the blood, she discovered that she liked it, and [[{{Autocannibalism}} ate her finger. Then her hand. Then the rest of her body, until all that was left was her head.]] [[HorrorHunger And then she starts eating other people... even her sister, when she can't find anyone else to devour.]] She's eventually [[HoistByHisOwnPetard eaten by a pike when she falls in a river]], but the idea that ''anyone'' can become a cannibalistic, nigh-invincible monster if they violate puberty taboos is chilling.



* Even though they're a bit old-fashioned now, the traditional [[OurWerewolvesAreDifferent werewolf]] isn't a slouch, either. There are many ways to become a werewolf, whether intentionally (selling your soul to Satan) or unintentionally (being bitten by a werewolf, being born on Christmas Eve, or merely drinking from the same water wolves drink out of.) Once you do, you become a bloodthirsty beast every full moon.

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* Even though they're a bit old-fashioned now, the traditional [[OurWerewolvesAreDifferent werewolf]] isn't a slouch, either. There are many ways to become a werewolf, whether intentionally (selling your soul to Satan) {{Satan}}) or unintentionally (being bitten by a werewolf, being born on Christmas Eve, or merely drinking from the same water wolves drink out of.) Once you do, you become a bloodthirsty beast every full moon.


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* The Eloko (plural Biloko) is a dwarf-like being said to live in wooded areas of the Congo Basin region. They have great hypnotic powers, which they use to control the minds of humans to make it easier to devour their flesh.


** Speaking of cannibalism, several Californian native tribes have the legend of Rolling Head. She was originally a young woman who went out to cut maple bark for a puberty ritual, even though it was forbidden. While cutting it, she pricked herself with a splinter and her finger began to bleed. [[WoundThatWillNotHeal It kept bleeding all day]], and when she tasted the blood, she discovered that she liked it, and [[{{Autocannibalism}} ate her finger. Then her hand. Then the rest of her body, until all that was left was her head.]] [[HorrorHunger And then she starts eating other people... even her sister, when she can't find anyone to devour.]] She's eventually [[HoistByHisOwnPetard eaten by a pike when she falls in a river]], but the idea that ''anyone'' can become a cannibalistic, nigh-invincible monster if they violate puberty taboos is chilling.



* Several Californian Native American tribes have the legend of Rolling Head. She was originally a young woman who went out to cut maple bark for a puberty ritual, even though it was forbidden. While cutting it, she pricked herself with a splinter and her finger began to bleed. [[WoundThatWillNotHeal It kept bleeding all day]], and when she tasted the blood, she discovered that she liked it, and [[{{Autocannibalism}} ate her finger. Then her hand. Then the rest of her body, until all that was left was her head.]] [[HorrorHunger And then she starts eating other people... even her sister, when she can't find anyone to devour.]] She's eventually [[HoistByHisOwnPetard eaten by a pike when she falls in a river]], but the idea that ''anyone'' can become a cannibalistic, nigh-invincible monster if they violate puberty taboos is chilling.



* Japan also brings us the story of the [[https://www.japanpowered.com/folklore-and-urban-legends/the-vampire-cat-of-nabeshima Vampire Cat of Nabéshima]]. To make a long story short, a [[MegaNeko huge]] [[CatsAreMean cat]] (or [[OurDemonsAreDifferent cat-like demon]]) sneaks into the room of a prince's favorite concubine one night and kills her with a bite to the neck. Then it buries her corpse under the veranda and [[DeadPersonImpersonation assumes her form]], draining the prince's lifeblood each night while pretending to be his lover. No doctor is able to find a treatment for his illness, and the retainers assigned to watch him at night are put into a magical sleep by the cat. Eventually, a soldier agrees to guard the prince while he sleeps, and can only stay awake by ''stabbing himself in the leg''. When the impostor concubine confronts him, they get into a fight which forces the cat to revert to its true form, and it flees due to its secret being found out. One might think that the end of the story, but the cat starts terrorizing villages in the mountains until the (recovered) prince orders a great hunt where it's killed.

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* ** Japan also brings us the story of the [[https://www.japanpowered.com/folklore-and-urban-legends/the-vampire-cat-of-nabeshima Vampire Cat of Nabéshima]]. To make a long story short, a [[MegaNeko huge]] [[CatsAreMean cat]] (or [[OurDemonsAreDifferent cat-like demon]]) sneaks into the room of a prince's favorite concubine one night and kills her with a bite to the neck. Then it buries her corpse under the veranda and [[DeadPersonImpersonation assumes her form]], draining the prince's lifeblood each night while pretending to be his lover. No doctor is able to find a treatment for his illness, and the retainers assigned to watch him at night are put into a magical sleep by the cat. Eventually, a soldier agrees to guard the prince while he sleeps, and can only stay awake by ''stabbing himself in the leg''. When the impostor concubine confronts him, they get into a fight which forces the cat to revert to its true form, and it flees due to its secret being found out. One might think that the end of the story, but the cat starts terrorizing villages in the mountains until the (recovered) prince orders a great hunt where it's killed.

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* Several Californian Native American tribes have the legend of Rolling Head. She was originally a young woman who went out to cut maple bark for a puberty ritual, even though it was forbidden. While cutting it, she pricked herself with a splinter and her finger began to bleed. [[WoundThatWillNotHeal It kept bleeding all day]], and when she tasted the blood, she discovered that she liked it, and [[{{Autocannibalism}} ate her finger. Then her hand. Then the rest of her body, until all that was left was her head.]] [[HorrorHunger And then she starts eating other people... even her sister, when she can't find anyone to devour.]] She's eventually [[HoistByHisOwnPetard eaten by a pike when she falls in a river]], but the idea that ''anyone'' can become a cannibalistic, nigh-invincible monster if they violate puberty taboos is chilling.

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