Encyclopedia of Vampire Mythology

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JIKI-KETSU-GAKI

(GEE-key-K ETS-oo-GAC-ee)
Variations: GAKI
When a person who has made numerous mistakes in his life dies, according to the Japanese Buddhist doctrine, his soul is condemned to reincarnate as a vampiric creature known as a jiki-ketsu-gaki. It is described as a gaunt humanoid with dark, oily skin; deep-set bloodshot eyes; ragged clothes; and sharp yellow teeth and claws. It is cunning and intelligent and has an utterly unquenchable thirst for human blood. The only way to stop such a creature is to destroy it; a wooden stake must be driven through its heart, as wood is the only material both strong enough to penetrate the body as well as porous enough to absorb all of its blood.
Source: Hearn, Kott?, 189; Hearn, Kwaidan, 209, 212; Hurwood, Passport to the Supernatural, 94; Watson, Rural Sanitation in the Tropics, 186
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