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The Russian Eretica

ice blue womanThe eretica is a menacing Russian species of vampire.  This particular vampire stems from the belief that heretics were punished by becoming members of the undead after death. The most likely heretic to turn into a vampire was one that used magic. Sorcerers and witches were said to turn into a vampire once they died. A person could also be turned into this vampire by not confessing their sins before death.  Back in the day In Russia the belief in the existence of vampires was brought on through fear of being a bad Christian. Essentially it was used to scare people into behaving, like how one would use the boogey man to scare a child. Like, “if you don’t eat your vegetables the boogey man will get you” but rather, “if you are a bad Christian you will turn into a blood thirsty fiend.”

The eretica (plural ereticy) was often believed to be a woman who sold her soul to the devil while she was alive and once dead coming back in the form of an old woman in rags.  During the night she would gather with the rest of the ereticy in ravines where they would have a sabbat of some kind. She also would only come out during the spring and late fall.

The eretica would sleep in a coffin like most vampires but only the coffins of those who, when alive, were blasphemous. It was also believed that to fall or sink into the grave of an eretica would cause the person to waste away. But even worse than that would is to get caught by the monster’s evil eye. If one were to give you the evil eye you would die a very slow, painful death.

To destroy an eretica you need to either burn them or stake them in the back with a stake made of aspen.

– Moonlight

By Moonlight

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).

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[…] Eretica: This horrifying vamp was often associated with the idea that heretics in Russia would become the undead. An eretica (plural: ereticy) was a woman who sold her soul to the Devil when she was alive, returning after death and, during the day, assuming the form of an old woman in rags. But once the sun set, she and the others of her kind would meet up in a ravine for a sabbat. The legend goes that the eretica was only active in the spring and the late fall, sleeping in coffins of those, who in life, had been quite naughty. If a person fell into the grave of an eretica, then they were doomed to slowly waste away. More on the eretica HERE. […]

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