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STREGA

(STRAY-gah)
In ancient Rome there was a type of VAMPIRIC
WITCH called a strega ("female witch"), or stregone ("male witch") if the witch was a man (see LIVING VAMPIRE). At night, the strega would shapeshift into a bird or ride upon her flying goat, looking for children to drain dry of their blood. Like many vampires who can be warded off with a common object, the strega is no different, as placing a broom in the child's room is enough to keep this type of vampire out.
Source: Grimassi, Italian Witchcraft, 3­8, 259­74; Leland, Etruscan Roman Remains, 162; Summers, The Vampire in Europe, 127; Symonds, Renaissance in Italy, 1 25, 143, 187
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