langsuir

Malayan - A female vampire, the spirit of a woman who died in childbirth. They suck the blood of children through a hole in the back of the neck which is normally hidden under their ankle-length hair. Cutting the hair and the long nails renders a langsuir harmless if the hair is used to block the hole in the neck. Glass beads were placed in the mouth, eggs under the armpits and needles in the hands of a dead woman to ensure that her spirit did not become a langsuir. In some references, referred to as langsuir, langhui, langhui, langsuyar, langsuyar, lan(g)suyar, lan(g)suyar, East Indies puntianak or East Indies puntianak.

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