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GHUL

(GOOL)
In Muslim folklore there is a female vampiric demon known as a ghul that eats only the flesh of the dead. It breaks into the graves of those properly buried and feeds off their corpses. If it cannot find an easy meal in a graveyard, it shape-shifts into a beautiful woman in order to trick male travelers into thinking that it is a prostitute. Then, once alone with a man, she kills him.
Source: Delcourt, Oedipe, 108­9; Gibb, Shorter Encyclopaedia of Islam, 114, 159; Stetkevych, Mute Immortals Speak, 95­99; Villeneuve, Le Mus?e des Vampires, 368
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