Saturday, January 23, 2010

Different Types Vampire Creatures

There are different types of vampire creatures.

The Loogaroo

A Loogaroo is a Haitian vampire. The way the legend works with the Loogaroo is that the person is a female, very old, and who has been involved in black magic for many years. It's like a reward that an evil, black magic practitioner gets for many years of service.

I first found out about this back in 2004 - 2005 when like 6 or 7 of my older male neighbors were just sitting around on a Friday evening drinking beer. I heard some of them yelling. The next day they stopped me and told me that they saw a "ghost". They said that they saw a "ball of light" about the size of a tennis ball fly out of someone's apartment window and fly around the block and over the tops of the buildings. This ball of light had a starting point and flew around in a cognitive fashion, meaning that it was not random, but knew exactly what it was doing. They told me this in Spanish. A new neighbor overheard and wanted to know what we were talking about and why they were so agitated, so I told him. The new neighbor freaked out and asked me about the person in the apartment, from which the ball of light flew out of. I told him that she was Haitian, elderly, female. That's when he told me of the Loogaroo, which is a Haitian female vampiric entity. What was really creepy is that when the ball of light flew around, every single dog in the neighborhood starting acting crazy and barking and howling all at once.

A Loogaroo is not a Sang Vamp, instead it is a supernatural "ghost orb" that would go through walls to find a sleeping person and the ball would enter the persons body through the skin to feed off the person. The only way you would know that you were attacked is that you would wake up with a circular bruise on the area of the body in which the Loogaroo would enter.

The Aswang

The second type of vampire is actually the Sang Vamp, except that in the Philippines it is called an Aswang. Back when I was in the Navy there was this one time that there was a major Typhoon approaching. Most of the people were either in their homes or in the barracks. I decided to go for some fresh air and went to the building balcony and I was looking at the horizon and the scenery, and I saw what looked like a women in a white flowing nightgown walking around the cemetery, which was across a small body of water. The problem was that she must have been floating because she stood so far above the tombstones. Based on what I saw I would assume that her feet were barely just below the top of the tombstone line. In the Philippines, they have elevated graves, similar to the ones in New Orleans, so she must have been floating a good three feet off the ground. Even though I was trained to keep my cool and have a "soldier mentality," even then I still knew that what I saw was supernatural.

Sent in by Marisol, Copyright 2010


  1. Dear Marisol,
    Exactly what are you talking about Aswang and Loogaroo, these creatures are all Vampires they problably have differnet names. I am a Vampire and I have never heard of such creatures.
    Please explain more of this creature I would really appreciate it.
    -Thank You
    Carlos Hernandez

    1. (Tongue in cheek - but from the bottom of my heart) Is vampire an Eastern-European pronunciation of Umpire - you know, the guy that calls "out!" in baseball? Because without knowing you, seeing you, putting you on a couch and analyzing you or hooking you up to rudimentry medical equipment such as a stethoscope - I can confidently say, you are not the Bram Stoker, creature of myth, variety of vampire. Vampires are literary metaphors for sickness, selfishness, and greedy takers - which you may well be if your a banker, media personality, fashion blogger or musician - however, Twilight is not a documentary; Vampire the Masquerade is not a religion; shoving a feather up you backside does not make you a chicken and being caught up in the romance of fiction in the absence of more healthy group social-fictions does not make you a vampire. Please stop spoiling these neat little "weird" diversions for the folks out here that just need a little respite from the indifferent facts of reality; to wit - be a b(V)anker in your thoughts only. ;)

  2. Quoted from the Vampire Compendium ( )

    Columbia has the Tunda, a shape shifting vampire that usually appears as a loved one or beautiful woman to lure her victims into her forest home. She then feeds her victims shrimp she has farted on to keep them complacent. Also prevalent among South America is the Asema which would remove it’s skin at night and fly around as a gaseous ball (This is also very similar to the Haitian Loogaroo).

    The Philippines have the Manananggal which is a female vampire that would separate it’s upper body from it’s hips and flew with wings. They also have the Aswang, a witch who, after rubbing on a magical ointment, would appear as a beautiful woman. At night, she would fly to the roof of a house and would send her long tongue through an open window to pierce the throat of a sleeping victim and drink the blood. When fully fed she appeared as a pregnant woman. It is believed that if the aswang were to lick someone‘s shadow, they would die soon after.

    -- The Aswang is also mentioned numerous times in the comments for that article.

  3. hi,
    Thanks vamipire truth,
    Yes, many cultures have vampiric entities. I found out about the Aswang when I was stationed in the Philippines. I told someone of what I saw in the cemetery, and she said that it was most likely an Aswang. Secondly, as the Loogaroo, it is also vampiric in origin, but leave the body behind and becomes a ball that would go to seek out it's victims. The loogaroo is Haitian in origin.

  4. Dear Vampire Truth and Marisol,
    Thank You for clearing that up for me I really appreciate it. I mean you can never know too much right?
    -Thanks Carlos Hernandez

  5. Can you please tell me why the Tunda farts on the shrimp? I do not understand...

  6. i don't believe in the true existence of what we call manananggal or mandurugo, they are exaggerated descriptions of a vampire. no such mananaggal or mandurugo ever existed, just a folklore... i am from the philippines and though i may believe partly on the true existence of a vampire, but not to the point that such kind of vampires who can separate himself/herself from the lower body and can fly like a bat to prey ever existed. they were just extreme imaginations. that's the same with what we call mandurugo who has a long extending tongue...

    if i am to believe about the real existence of a vampire, these two descriptions are not my bases for never did a person who live in the philippines could testify that they saw right with their eyes such vampires like these...

  7. Harana, I am from Philippines too, though i cannot defend about the mananangal to be existing or not but I can defend that what we call here as the " aswang " is true. These creatures live among humans in daytime but they can be easily detected if you know how to separate an aswang in disguise from a normal human being. I learned this when we went to some islands in Mindanao to do some research way back in college. The island is called " Siquijor " and " Camiguin " island. If you want to, we can have another exploration to these islands as soon as possible. I'll have my team ready if you're just willing to go with us.

  8. Hi, when I saw the vamp in the PI, it didn't look like what the folkloric definiton of what an Answang should be. What I saw was indeed floating about 3 feet above the ground. She was standing/floating behind the tombstones so I couldn't see the feet. Based on how tall she seemed to be (approx 8 feet tall), I had assumed that she was floating.

    Also, she was wearing what seemed like a white almost transparent gauzy nightgown. Who in the world is going to walk around the cemetery at night wearing a nightgown. Also, how many 8 feet tall females, walk around cemeteries at night wearing nightgowns. Most Filipino females are in the 5 foot - 6 foot range. I didn't see her separating her uppper/lower bodies, instead she looked just like your average person, exept for the floating of course.

  9. Good day Marisol,

    I am from Philippines and I must say that what you really saw back there was not an 'aswang' as from what I've heard from old stories and read from books, aswang has different kind of appearance. Aswang's were like more of witches or vampires.

    I believe however, that what you saw was ghost- a 'white lady' I think. Here in Philippines, we used to call a female spirit who wears white gown and has an unkempt hair a white lady. Based on your explanation, I am certain that what you saw was a ghost and not an aswang.

    Ghost and aswang are indeed different but most kids here in our country often misuses them. Thus, they sometimes call ghosts 'aswang'.

  10. Hi
    what I saw was "fleshy" - it had a full 3d body image. It didn't look transparent at all which is what you might expect from a ghost. Indeed I heard tales of ghosts that look human, but what I know of ghosts is that they usually stay only in one place, reenact the same things over and over again almost like a recording that is played over and over again. What I saw felt and looked cognizan, fully aware, and had a psychic awareness in such that it felt me when I saw it and turned it's head very quicky to look at me almost like if it "knew" that I saw it.

  11. Hallo, I am from suriname. A country in south-america. I must say that i do believe in vampire s. We also have vampire here. It s called asema....I have seen it. When You ve have bitten by an asema, you dont feel it. The next morning when you get up, you see a bruise on you legs.



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