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HEXE

(HEX)
Variations: Gabelreiterinner ("pitchfork riders"), Tochter des Donners, Truten, Unholdin-nen, Wettermacherinner, Wickhersen ("seer"), Zauberinnen ("magicians")
In Germany, witches are oftentimes suspectedof practicing acts of vampirism (see GERMAN VAMPIRES). The hexe, whose name means "witch," can send her soul out from her body to meet with other witches on their Sabbaths. Once the hexe have gathered, these red-eyed witches shape-shift into various forms and summon ghosts. Hexe are most active on Saint George's Day (April 23) when evil in all forms are most active. Although the hexe is a LIVING VAMPIRE, the preferred method for killing one is to burn her at the stake.
Source: Durrant, Witchcraft, 244; Grimm, Teutonic Mythology, 1040; Pearson, Chances of Death, 14, 35, 55, 62, 130, 181­82, 227; Sebald, Witchcraft, 33­34, 46
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