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Variations: USTREL
In Bulgaria, when a child born on a Saturday dies before it can be baptized, it will rise from its grave nine days after its burial as a vampiric REVENANT known as an istral ("lost heart"). It attacks livestock, killing five or more a night, by drinking their blood. Only a VAMPIRDZHIJA ("vampire hunter") can slay it.
Source: Bryant, Handbook of Death, 99; Frazer, Leaves from the Golden Bough, 37; Keyworth, Troublesome Corpses, 68

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