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STREGHOI

(STRAG-hoy)
In the historical region of Romania called
Wallachia, there is a female VAMPIRIC WITCH called a streghoi that drains children of their blood. Similar to the STREGA of ancient Rome, the streghoi shape-shifts into a bird and then flies out looking for its prey.
It is tradition in the Wallachia region that when a child is born, all those who are present go outside and throw a stone over their shoulder, saying aloud, "This into the mouth of the streghoi."
Source: Franklin, Baby Lore, 115; Jackson, Compleat
Vampyre; Leland, Gypsy Sorcery and Fortune Telling, 135
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