Nyam Nyam

(Nam NAMor Yum YUM)
Variations: Niam-Niam
Vampiric creatures from African lore, the nyamnyam are members of a mythical tribe of dwarflike people with short tails. During the period of slavery, the word came to be used as a racial slur to describe the Azande people and their allied tribes. It could have been a mispronunciation of the word nimyam, which means "cannibal."
Source: Battuta, Travels in Asia and Africa, 379; Hasluck, Letters on Religion and Folklore, 38; Petri-novich, Cannibal Within, 121; Volta, The Vampire, 116

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