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DANAG

(Dhu-NAG)
The Danag are an ancient vampiric species said to be as old as the Philippine islands that they come from. Originally the Danag coexisted with mankind and were even accredited as being the ones who first cultivated the taro plant. However, after many years of peace between the two races, one day a woman had cut her finger while working and a Danag politely volunteered to suck the wound clean. As it did so, it realized that it greatly enjoyed the taste of the blood and, unable to stop itself, drained the woman dry of all her blood. Ever since then, the Danag carried on the vampiric practice.
Source: Bryant, Handbook of Death and Dying, 99; Raedt, Kalinga Sacrifice, 220; Ramos, Creatures of Philippine, 116, 117, 327
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