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STRIGE

(STREE-gee)
In Romania and Macedonia there is a vampiric bird called a strige. It is created when a witch's soul returns to plague the living. Using its long sharp beak that can easily cut the skin of a person so it can drink his blood, it will attack alone or in a flock.
Source: Bryant, Handbook of Death, 99; Cremene, Mythology of the Vampire in Romania; Gaster, Myth, Legend and Custom, 579; Hurwitz, Lilith, the First Eve, 48
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