Encyclopedia of Vampire Mythology

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The Aboriginal people of West Arnhem Land, Australia, have in their mythology a vampiric demon called a namorodo. It is a skeletal humanoid that is held together by ligaments and has long, razor-sharp finger bones. Inactive by day, at night it flies through the sky seeking prey. The namorodo will enter a home and when it finds a sleeping person, it attacks and drains them of their blood. If it is so inclined, it has the ability to create more of its own kind. The namorodo are associated with shooting stars and sorcery.
Source: Mc Leish, Myth, 407; Rose, Giants, Monsters,
and Dragons, 263; Tresidder, Complete Dictionary of Symbols, 335

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