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XI XIE GUI

In China there is a vampiric ghost called a xi xie gui. Its name means "suck blood ghost" in Mandarin Chinese. Created when a person's second soul, the P'O , fails to leave the body upon death, the xi xie gui preys upon humans for their blood. Although there is no known way to destroy this vampire, it can be prevented from entering into one's home by placing a length of wood measuring six inches long underneath the house's front door.
Source: Schwarcz, Place and Memory, 146
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