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YEZER HA-RA

(YEEZHRHA-Rah)
A vampiric demon from Hebrew lore, the Yezer Ha-Ra ("the evil inclination in man's nature from birth") only attacks worshippers as they exit the synagogue on Friday nights. It possesses a person's body and drains away his life-energy over a period of some time until the victim dies or the vampire has been successfully exorcised by a rabbi (see ENERGY VAMPIRE). As long as the demon remains in the person's body, it will also be harassing its victim by sending him explicit and intense lustful thoughts.
Source: Curran, Vampires, 100; Ma'aseh Book, 279­300; Macdonell, Vedic Reader for Students, 245
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