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LATAWIEC

(La-TA-vec)
Variations: Potercuk
In Poland and Ukraine there is a vampiric creature, a huge bird with a child's face, that is called a latawiec. The word latawiec translates to mean "vampire falcon." It flies down from the sky and with a blood-freezing shriek grabs up children, livestock, and women; it carries its prey back to its roost to consume.
Source: Bonnerjea, Dictionary of Superstitions and Mythology, 148; Jobes, Dictionary of Mythology, 975; Lecouteux, History of the Vampire
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