vampire legends; Yaramayhawho

Yaramayhawho (From Villains Wikia)
The Yara-ma-yha-who is a vampire of Australian Aboriginal culture . Many Aboriginals viewed the Yara-ma-yha-who as an extremely dangerous and exotic inhabitant of the outback rather than a truly supernatural creature.
According to legend, the Yara-ma-yha-who is three to four feet tall and resembled a monkey-like little man owing much of its height to an over-sized head. Its entire body was said to be covered in red skin, and the tips of its fingers and toes covered in suckers. Its face was dominated by a wide, toothless mouth, apparently large enough to engulf a human being.
This creature was said to live almost exclusively in the foliage of fig trees, patiently lying in wait for a lone human stopping to rest at the base of its tree. Once the victim let their guard down, the Yaramayhawho would drop from above and begin a multi-step feeding ritual.

First, the Yara-ma-yha-who would latch on to the victim and rapidly drain blood in a leech-like manner through its sucker-tipped digits, feeding until the victim was on the very brink of death. Too weak to escape, the prey would be left lying helpless for an indeterminate amount of time before the monster returned and promptly swallowed them whole. Washing down its meal at the nearest river, the Yara-ma-yha-who would proceed to take a long nap. As soon as the creature awoke, it would regurgitate its victim completely alive and unharmed as though the attack had never happened at all: except that the unfortunate soul would be very slightly shorter for the rest of their days.

A Yara-ma-yha-who would never miss an opportunity to attack the same person again and again, and with every attack, the person would be left a little smaller, a little redder, and a little bit hungrier for blood. It was never certain just how many attacks were necessary, but anyone foolish enough to keep sleeping under fig trees would be transformed fully into a Yara-ma-yha-who.

In Bloodcloak, Yaramayhawho is a little known set of vampires found in Australia. They are secretive, intelligent and unforgiving of most trespassers. Very few speak English. (There will be some soap boxing on this later) There were well over 700 languages before large tribes of the Aboriginal people were subjected to SEVERE genocide. (things that are no ok, btw)

As a writer, I won’t be using just some silly gibberish, I will find the real languages and use them for the story. Anything I can’t find, I simply won’t use. There are resources to learn more about the aboriginal languages online, for anyone who wants to know more.


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