Variations: BRUJA, "the bloodsucking witch of Mexico"
The hahuelpuchi ("witch") originated in Spain,but it traveled to Mexico during Spain's occupation. It is a LIVING WITCH who has the ability to shape-shift into different animals. In its new form, it hunts out children to feed on (see VAMPIRIC WITCH).
Source: Butts, Witches, 15; Just, Conflict Resolution,
107; Stewart, Witchcraft, 7; Thomas, Folk Psychologies,

Encyclopedia of vampire mythology . 2014.

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