Hell Hath No Fury…
In modern day vampire tales the women are usually sex symbols or pathetic victims, but if you take a look back into vampire folklore you’ll find that there are many female vampires, and they all kick ass. These vamps are ferocious and bloodthirsty – hell hath no fury like… a female vampire.
Here’s just a small taste of some of the many female vampire legends across the globe:
This Filipino vampire is found in Capiz and is said to appear as a beautiful woman during the day and a fearsome flying monster at night. The mandurugo (meaning “bloodsucker”) uses her beauty to lure and wed men, thus providing herself with a constant source of blood to drink down. When she’s not secretly feeding on her hubbie, she flies into the night, hunting prey until dawn, until the crowing of the rooster signals her return home.
She may not be your classic blood drinking vampire, but she did drain people of their lifeforce, which makes her vampire-like. The leanhaum-shee is an Irish fairy mistress, a deadly seductress that used her beauty to lure men to her, once there she would cast a spell on them. While under her spell she would feed on the man’s lifeforce, or essence. The only way to save the man would be to give her new prey, a new helpless guy. So you have to fuck one man over to save the other, that’s not exactly a win/win situation.
The Slavic mara (also known as mora) was known to enter the room of sleepers and give them horrible nightmares. But that’s not all, sometimes she would transform herself into a horse and stomp on the sleeping victim’s chest (sadistic much?). When she wasn’t doing those things she was, of course, drinking their blood. In some versions of the legend, when a mara drank a man’s blood she would instantly fall in love with him, never leaving him and always haunting his dreams (so she is sadistic and creepy).
What have we learned today? That those female vampires are usually way deadlier than their male counterparts… and way more psychotic.
Moonlight (aka Amanda) loves to write about, read about and learn about everything pertaining to vampires. You will most likely find her huddled over a book of vampire folklore with coffee in hand. Touch her coffee and she may bite you (and not in the fun way).