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PALIS

(PAL-is)
There is Persian lore of a type of vampire that is known as a palis ("licker of feet"), and as its name implies, it attacks its victims at night while they are asleep by licking the soles of their feet until they bleed. A palis by the name of DACHNAVAR once lived in a valley in the desert, and it happened upon two men who had fallen asleep foot to foot and a blanket covering them. When the vampire tried to attack, it believed that it had come upon a man with no feet and said, "I have explored 1,033 valleys, but have never seen a man with two heads."
Source: Carroll, From a Persian Tea House, 96 ­98; Cronin, The Last Migration, 200; Mass?, Persian Beliefs and Customs, 272; Stookey, Thematic Guide to World Mythology, 135
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