Nearly every country in every continent has old folktales on blood drinkers. There’s the Nelapsi of Czechoslovakia, the Hannya of Japan, the Alp from Germany, and so on. There are many vampiric tales around the world – Even in the British Isles. We all know that there are fairytales galore in Ireland, England and the others in Britain. But did you know that there were blood drinkers among the fae?
On the Isle of Man it one once believed that if water were not set out at night for the fairies to drink, they would drink the blood of those sleeping inside the house. Is some versions of the tale, the fae bleed the sleepers and made a cake with the blood. If the cake was not found and eaten by those in the home, they would waste away and die.
That’s right. The fae would drain you of blood, bake it into a cake, hide it, and if you didn’t consume your own blood, you would die slowly.
Such a happy folktale.
It was also believed that many fairies would seduce mortals in order to drain their strength and life force. So it wasn’t always blood they stole from humans.
But I’d say the story of the blood cake is one of the better fairytales.
It’s amazing what some people once believed to be true. Even more incredible is that some still believe in these age-old local tales.