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URUKU

(Or-OO-koo)
Variations: UTUKKU
In ancient Mesopotamia there was a vampiric
REVENANTknown as an uruku ("vampire which attacks man"). The uruku was created when someone interfered with a person's proper burial rites. It returned as a transparent and ghostlike being, spreading disease and acting as a type of evil muse that inspired criminal behavior.
Source: Konstantinos, Vampires, 19; Rose, Spirits, Fairies, Gnomes, 192; Summers, Vampire: His Kith and Kin, 225
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