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DRAKUL

(DRA-cool)
Variations: Dracul
In the Moldovan and Romanian languages theword drakul means "the dragon" or "demon nearly," and it is used to describe a type of vampiric demon that possesses the body of a deceased person and animates it. Once the demon has possession of the corpse, it makes it walk around naked, carrying its COFFIN on its head while looking for humans to prey upon. Fortunately, if the burial shroud of the person is destroyed, the demon will lose its hold on the body.
Source: Andreescu, Vlad the Impaler, 183; Mc Nally, In Search of Dracula, 21; Twitchell, Living Dead, 16
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