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The Mischievous Kythnos Vampire

Today’s vampire tale is of a rude and mischievous lil’ vampire named Andilaveris and this vamp was one that caused all sorts of trouble on the small Greek island of Kythnos.

You see, most of the vampires on the island of Kythnos had been destroyed over time and no new vamps were created due to the people placing wax crosses over the mouths of the recently dead (they believed that this kept Satan and his wicked minions away from the corpse). But Andilaveris was one vampire that remained and continued to be a massive pain in the ass of the living residents on the island.

Andilaveris, whose story was well known even into the nineteenth century liked to annoy people, he preferred it over killing – what he would do is take nightly strolls through the village of Messaria, eating and drinking colossal amounts of food and smashing glasses and plates. This naughty leech was more of a pest than a threat to the villagers, but even so he still caused panic among the residents, so much so that most of them refused to leave their homes at night.

One of the most devilish … and disgusting things he would do was climb up onto the roof of the local church and piss on anyone passing below. Eww. Because he was a vrykolakas (one of the most common Greek vampire species) he was confined to his grave on Fridays (this was one myth about vrykolakas that varied from region to region). But because he was stuck in his grave that day, the island’s priest, sexton, and many others choose this time to open his tomb, and ferry him across the water to a nearby uninhabited island. There he could not longer cause trouble on Kythnos since vrykolakas can not cross water, so he was forever trapped.

– Moonlight

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Moonlight • December 21, 2009


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  3. JC March 15, 2015 - 9:12 pm Reply

    This article is plagiarized from The Vampire Encyclopedia, by Matthew Bunson.

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