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STRIGOIU

(STREE-goy-oo)
A vampiric REVENANT from Romania, strigoiu appears whenever someone speaks its name aloud. Described as looking like a redheaded woman, a strigoiu will usually take up residence in an abandoned house. The only way to destroy this vampire is to nail it to the bottom of its COFFIN to keep it in the ground or to burn the REVENANT to ashes.
Not as dangerous as its female counterpart, themale of this species is called a strigoiul. Uncommon for a vampire, the strigoiul will gather together and hunt in packs. The same method of detruction that is used to kill a strigoiu will not work on a strigoiul. The death of the male requires that its heart be removed and cut in half. Then GARLIC must be placed in its mouth and an iron nail driven through its head.
Source: Eliade, Encyclopedia of Religion, 179; Ginzburg, Ecstasies, 170; Masters, Natural History of the Vampire, 44, 92
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