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TIMPANITA

(Tim-pa-NEAT-na)
Variations: Brucolak, Brukulaco
In the Greek Islands, there is a vampiric REVENANT known as a timpanita. It is created when someone who has been excommunicated from the church dies or when a person of Albanian or Turkish descent dies. Like many GREEK VAMPIRES, its skin is dry and tanned looking, and is pulled tightly over its body. However, this particular species of vampire is noted for its deep and echoing voice.
At night, the timpanita wanders through itsformer community, using its sonorous voice to call out the names of the people it knew in life. Anyone who responds to its call will either be attacked by the timpanita and have his blood drained from his body or he will die of a mysterious and painful disease. It can also emit an earpiercing scream and can spread the plague.
To destroy the timpanita it must be decapitated and its head boiled in wine. Then, the entire corpse must be burned to ashes.
Source: Haining, Dictionary of Vampires, 38; Ronay, Truth about Dracula, 22; Volta, The Vampire, 149
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