Vampiric Witch

(Vam-pie-ric Witch)
A vampiric witch is a living human being who practices some form of magic (not necessarily witchcraft) who also partakes in some sort of vampiric activity such as consuming human flesh, draining life-energy from a living being, or drinking human blood. Sometimes referred to as a sorcerer, a vampiric witch can be of either gender. The act of taking and consuming life is not necessary to sustain the life of a vampiric witch but rather, it very often is a required element in the use of her magic. Very often these witches will have a vampiric familiar assisting them.
A list of vampiric witches and the creatures they use as familiars are ABHARTACH, ASANBONSAM, ASEMA, ASEMANN, ASIMAN, ASRAPA, ASWANG MANNANANGGAL, ASWANG WITCH, AXEMAN, BAISEA, BROXA, BRUJA, CHEVÊCHE, CHORDEVA, DRUDE, DSCHUMA, GAUKEMARES, IARA, ICHANTI, IMPUNDULU, ISITHFUNTELA, JIGAR KHOY, JIGARKHWAR, KARA-KONDJIOLOS, LEYAK, LOOGAROO, RALARATRI, RUVAUSH, SHTRIGA, SOULIS, STREGA, STREGHOI, STRIGA, STRIGES, STRIGOII VII, STRYX, TIKOLOSHE, TLACIQUES, and the UMAMLAMBO.
Source: Ankarloo, Witchcraft and Magic, 214 ­16; Belanger, Sacred Hunger, 22; Madsan, Virgin's Children, 206; Mc Nally, In Search of Dracula, 264

Encyclopedia of vampire mythology . 2014.

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