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In Melanesia there is a vampiric being that hunts the Lakalai people of New Britain called a vis. At night the vis flies out in search of prey. When it attacks, it uses its long shiny talons to rip out its victim's eyes before consuming his flesh and drinking his blood.
Source: Moon, Encyclopedia of Archetypal Symbolism, 1 73; Rose, Giants, Monsters and Dragons, 384
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