The bruxsa are a feared species of vampire found in Portugal. This bloodsucker was usually a woman who became a vampire through witchcraft. Thatâs right, more witchy vampire goodness!
The bruxsa are considered vampires due to their love for drinking childrenâs blood. When sheâs not feeding on children, she likes to torment travelers. Like the aswang, she leaves her home at night and flies in the shape of a large bird to search for her prey. But she also assumes the form of other animals, like a rat, ant (vampire ant *cringe*) or wolf. Due to their animal transformations, bruxsa are often associated with the lobishmen, which are Portuguese werewolves.
It was believed that a bruxsaâs powers were confined to the hours from midnight to 2:00 in the morning. She got her powers from Satan, who she worshipped together with others of her kind. The bruxsa would gather at crossroads on Tuesdays and Fridays to get their worship on, once finished they gained even more evil powers.
Unlike most vampires, there is no known way to destroy a bruxsa – theyâre invincible. However, there are ways to protect your children from a bruxsa. The most common method of protection was amulets made of steel and iron. On top of that, people would sew garlic into their kidâs clothing, or, they would put a steel nail in the ground and pair of scissors under their pillow to keep the bruxsa away. Yeahâ¦ scissors under a kidâs pillow doesnât sound like the wisest of moves. If all else fails, there are also a handful of incantations that can be spoken to ward of this vamp.
If a bruxsa had already killed a child, the mother could seek revenge! She wouldnât be able to kill the witch of course – but she could totally hurt it. To do this she had to boil her childâs clothes while stabbing them with a sharp instrument. The vampire would supposedly feel the jabs on her own body, and would be forced to come and beg for mercy. Mercy she probably didnât get.
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).