I have covered so many different vampire species of lore from all around the world, and today I’ll write about yet another flavor of vampire. Today’s vampire myth takes us to Brazil, the land of vast gorgeous rainforests and long stretching beaches. The vampire species is that of the feared Pishtaco (in my head I say Fish Taco… probably not how it’s pronounced but it makes me laugh).
Like most of the vamps out there this one only comes out at night when its victims are asleep. It is also not just a Brazilian vampire; this vampire originally came from Peru but seems to be a bit more popular and known in Brazil. The gross thing about this vampire is that it doesn’t just feed on blood alone; it feeds on other bodily fluids as well…like, um… semen. It also feeds on fat; clearly this isn’t your sexy romantic vampire, well, unless that sorta thing turns you on. Onwards! This vampire only feeds on blood when it has had its fill of those other things and when it drinks blood; it downs a lot of it.
In the Brazilian myths about this vampire it often takes the form of a bat. (Fun Fact: vampires turning into bats is common in old school vampire movies and in spite of what people think this idea originally came from South American vampire myths, not European myths). The pishtaco usually feeds while in bat form. It uses this small form to enter the homes of people and attack them while they are asleep. While in this form it attacks the soles of its victims’ feet, drawing out bodily fluids that way. When they are done they leave the person very weak. Unlike other Brazilian vampires this vamp feeds on both men and women, not only women like the others, but then you probably figured that out with the whole semen thing.
That there is all that is known about the pishtaco. It’s a pervy little disgusting vampire isn’t it? It for sure takes the badass sexiness out of vampires. I think I’ll stick to fantasizing about the tall dark and handsome vamps from romance novels and just forget this one. Haha.