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RAMANGA

(Rha-MAN-ga)
The Betsileo people who live on the southern part of the Madagascar plateau have in their mythology a ceremonial vampire known as a ramanga ("blue blood") who serves the tribal chiefs. His duty as the noble's constant companion is to eat the nail clippings as well as drinking any blood or spit that the chief or other people of high stature may shed. This is done to ensure that these vital ingredients cannot fall into the hands of a witch who would use them to make a fetish.
Source: Frazer, The Golden Bough, 236; Kent, Early Kingdoms in Madagascar, 221; Masters, Natural History of the Vampire; NPAP, Psychoanalytic Review, 6
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