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Vampire

A vampire is a corpse that rises from slumber at sunset to seek nourishment in the form of human blood. Some believe that if one is bitten but not killed by one of these blood-suckers, the person will then become a vampire. Others believe that bitten or sucked dry any victim of a vampire will thus be eternally damned as a vampire. Still other believe that one must be bitten by a vampire and then drink vampire blood to become a vampire. To kill a vampire one must drive a wooden stake through its heart or somehow lure the creature into the daylight where it will burst into flames.

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Warlock

A warlock is a male witch, sorcerer, wizard, sprite, imp, or demon.

The origin of the word warlock is derived from the Anglo-Saxon word “war-loek” which means oath breaker or traitor.

Another variation of warlock comes from the Old Norse vardlokkur. Varlokur were protectors and guards to the gates of knowledge. They were wise men with divine knowledge and had the power to ward off evil.

It was Eyvind Kallda’s crew Of warlocks blue, With their caps of darkness hooded!
~Longfellow

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Werewolf

Half man, half wolf–the werewolf hunts during the full moon. The victim of a werewolf bite will see the mark of the pentagram on his or her hand. The victim will become a werewolf on the next full moon. In addition, the seventh son of a seventh son will turn into a werewolf. A person only changes into a wolf during the full moon and can only be killed with a silver bullet through the heart.

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Witch

A witch has several connotations. One as a sorceress with power to turn people into toads, to control the forces of nature, and conjure up evil. There are also white witches that use their powers for good.

In times long past, witches were women that had a keen sense of their surroundings and strong intuition, perhaps even psychic abilities. The term witch comes from the Anglo-Saxon “wica”, meaning “wise one”. Sadly, many women wrongly lost their lives during the Inquisition due to fear, greed, and hatred. Today witches are men and women who follow the Wicca faith.

Witches have several things in common, such as the “witches hat”. It was believed that the conical-shaped hat would increase mental activity (hence the dunce cap, was suppose to help), and the large brim was to strengthen a witches energy. The cauldron was first used by the ancient Celtic goddess, Cerridwen. Her vessel was known as the “cauldron of knowledge” and her potion would brew for a year and a day. Another common feature is the “witches broom”, also known as a besom and a “Faery’s Horse” in Ireland.

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Wraith

A wraith is a phantom seen just before death. It typically looks identical to the person seeing it. Some believe it is a guardian angel.

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Zombie

Zombies are soulless human corpses that rise from their grave by sorcery. They are brought back to work as slaves. If fed salt or meat a zombie will recognize that it is dead and return to the grave.

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