Boginki

(Bow-GIN-key)
This is a vampiric demon from Poland. Found near riverbanks, the boginki ("little princess") is rather nymphlike in appearance. Created by the original deities of life that prey on the sky gods, the boginki attacks mothers with newborn babies, stealing the children to eat and replacing them with a type of evil changeling called an Odmience ("the changed one"). Making regular ritualistic sacrifices to it will prevent it from attacking.
Source: Georgieva, Bulgarian Mythology, 103; Icon Group International, Sacrificing, 232; Leary, Wisconsin Folklore, 445; Thomas, Polish Peasant in Europe and America, 238

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