Kaibyou

(KI-be-you)
In Japanese lore there is a vampiric cat withtwo tails that slowly drains its victims of their life-energy (see ENERGY VAMPIRE), which causes them to have bad dreams, although, on occasion, the cat will simply strangle its victims to death. This highly intelligent creature, called a kaibyou ("cat"), can shape-shift into the forms of its victims, but even that is not enough to mask the sense of uneasiness that its very presence emits. It also has the capability to put large numbers of people to sleep at one time.
There is a Japanese legend called The Cat of Nabeshinia that is about a vampire cat. Back in 1 929 a Japanese periodical called the Sunday Express reported that the cat of Nabeshinia was tormenting the wives of the descendants of a samurai.
Source: Copper, Vampire in Legend, 49­50; Davis, Myths and Legends of Japan, 265; Howey, Cat in Magic, 1 76

Encyclopedia of vampire mythology . 2014.

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  • Nabeshima — (Nob BAY she ma) The nabeshima, as it has come to be called, is a vampiric cat from the folklore of ancient Japan. It looks like a common enough cat except that it has two tails. The creature can shape shift into a specific person and uses this… …   Encyclopedia of vampire mythology

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