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KEPHN

(CALF-inn)
Variations: Swamx
The Karen people of Burma fear a demonic vampire called a kephn. It is created through the use of dark or evil magic. It is described as looking like both the floating head of a wizard, dangling its stomach beneath, or as a dog-headed water demon. Both versions are always hungry for human blood and souls.
Source: Conway, Demonology and Devil-lore, 41­43; Spence, Encyclop?dia of Occultism, 421; Summers, Vampire: His Kith and Kin, 224
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