Corpse Candle

(Corps Can-del)
Variations: Brünnlig, Buchelmännle, Corpse Sans Âme, Dichepot, Draulicht, Dröglicht, Druckfackel, Dwallicht, Dwerlicht, Earthlights, Erlwischen, FEU-FOLLET ("Foolish Fire"), Flackerfür, Flämmstirn, Follet, Friar's Lantern, Fuchtel-Männlein, FÜERSTEINMANNLI, Ghost Lights, Heerwisch, Huckepot, Ignis Fatuus ("Foolish Fire"), Irdflämmken, Irdlicht, Irrlüchte, Irrwisch, Jack-o'-Lantern, Lichtkedräger, Lidér-cfény, Lopend Für, Lüchtemannchen, Pützhüpfer, Quadlicht, Schäuble, Schwidnikes, Spoklecht, Spooky Lights, Stäuble, Stölten, Stöltenlicht, Tückebold, Tückebote, Tümmelding, Will-o'-the-Wisp, Willy Wisp, Wipplötsche, Zunselwible
A spectral vampiric light, whose origins aremost likely German, appears to those who travel at night and lures them into danger (see GERMAN VAMPIRES). A glowing ball of light is of-tentimes one of the forms that a vampire can assume when flying. Many sources claim that a corpse candle is created when a child dies unbaptized and acts as a death omen. Some corpse candles are also guardians of treasure.
Vampires who have the ability to shape-change into a corpse candle are the ADZE, ASEMA, ASIMAN, CH'ING SHIH, HAHN SABURO, JUMBIES, LEYAK, LIDERC NADALY, LIOGAT, LIVING VAMPIRE, OBOUR, SAMPIRO, SUCOYAN, and the TLACIQUES
Source: Ellis, Mainly Victorian, 305­6; Folklore Society of Great Britain, Folklore, vol. 6, 293­94; Masters, Natural History of the Vampire; Radford, Encyclopedia of Superstitions, 58­60

Encyclopedia of vampire mythology . 2014.

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  • Corpse — (k[^o]rps), n. [OF. cors (sometimes written corps), F. corps, L. corpus; akin to AS. hrif womb. See {Midriff}, and cf. {Corse}, {Corselet}, {Corps}, {Cuerpo}.] 1. A human body in general, whether living or dead; sometimes contemptuously. [Obs.]… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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  • corpse — 1540s, variant spelling of CORPS (Cf. corps) (q.v.). The p originally was silent, as in French, and with some speakers still is. The terminal e was rare before 19c. Corpse candle is attested from 1690s …   Etymology dictionary

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