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HMINZA TASE

(MENS-za TAY)
In Burma, there is a vampiric spirit that attacks the people in the village where it used to live. The people it pays particular attention to are those who caused it the most strife during its human life. The hminza tase will possess the body of a crocodile, dog, or tiger and use it to attack people. There are death dance rituals and sacrifices that can be made to prevent its return, but these do not always work. If the spirit re-turns, a person can remove its grave marker in the hopes that the vampire will forget who it was since it only haunts the place it used to live and attacks the people it used to know.
Source: Burma Research Society, Journal of Burma, vol. 46 ­47, 4; Hastings, Encyclopedia of Religion, 30; Jobes, Dictionary of Mythology, 1537; Leach, Funk and Wagnalls, 1104
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