A LIVING VAMPIRE found in Ethiopia, Morocco, and Tanzania, the bouda also uses its magical ability to shape-shift into a hyena. When it is transformed into its animal form, the bouda looks exactly like any other hyena save for the magical charm it wears. If, while in this animal form, the bouda loses its charm, it will be unable to return to human form and will eventually become a hyena.
Boudas are also highly skilled in the art of making magical amulets and charms. They are often at work at their forges, making magical amulets that will better focus or channel their powers and shape-shifting abilities.
Source: Folklore Society, Folklore, vol. 1, 273; Thompson, Semitic Magic, 103; Wood, Natural History of Man, 741; Wood, Uncivilized Races of Men, 666

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