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BHAYANKARA

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The bhayankara is a vampire from Tibetan loreto which blood sacrifices are made. Its name, bhayankara, translates to mean "fear," "terror," or "terrifying." It is not uncommon for temples to make sacrifices and give blood offerings in order to appease these vampiric beings. Asingle-minded predator, it lives to consume the blood of animals and humans alike.
Source: Carter, The Vampire in Literature, 16; Somany, Shiva and Shakti, 14; Sundararajan, Hindu Spirituality, 470
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