Encyclopedia of Vampire Mythology

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(COL-o COL-o)
Variations: Basilisco
A vampiric creature in the mythology of the Araucanian tribe of Chile, this monstrous creature, which is born of an egg from a cockerel, preys on those asleep. At night, it hovers over them, drinking up their saliva and thereby draining the body of all moisture. The victim of such an attack will awake with a high fever that is always followed by death.
Source: Edwards, My Native Land, 395; Guirand, Larousse Encyclopedia of Mythology, 453; Rose, Giants, Monsters and Dragons, 86

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