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ARAKH

(AH-rack)
Variations: Preay ("vampire")
A demonic vampire from the mythology of Cambodia, the arakh takes possession of a person and causes them to kill themselves. Only by performing a successful exorcism can the possessed person be saved.
Source: Bitard, Le Monde du Sorcier, 309­10, 321; Smith, Assyria from the Earliest Times, 8; Southern Illinois University, Southeast Asia, vol. 1, 338
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