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YASHA

(YA-sha)
Variations: Yakkha, Yaksa, Yashi
The yasha is a vampiric creature from Japan.Looking like a vampire bat, it is in fact the reincarnated form of a woman who was filled with anger in her past life.
Source: Bush, Asian Horror Encyclopedia, 207; Chopra, Dictionary of Mythology, 310; Smith, Ancient Tales and Folklore, 217
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