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UNHOLDE

(Un-hold)
In German vampire lore there is an evil vampiric spirit that acts out against mankind, specifically seeking Christians to be its victims (see GERMAN VAMPIRES). It is called an unholde and its name translates essentially to mean "the one that is not good or beautiful." It abducts its victim, removes his heart, then cooks and consumes it. Then it returns to the corpse and replaces the heart with one it has carved out of wood. The unholde performs a magical ceremony and animates the corpse.
Traditionally, the unholde was considered to be a HEXE, that is, a practitioner of magic. However, it was not until the late seventeenth century that the word HEXE came to mean a human practitioner of magic. By the early eighteenth century, it became interchangeable with the word witch.
Source: Grimm, Teutonic Mythology, 947, 1045, 1061, 1 081; Guiley, Complete Vampire Companion, 176; G?nther, Tales and Legends of the Tyrol, 15­16
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