Vampire History from Africa

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In African folklore, vampires appear semi-rarely. More commonly, vampire-adjacent creatures are spoken of. But as you've seen, the term "vampire" is very broad so these fang-folk are similar enough for us even if humans might be hesitant to consider them vampires.

One such vampire-cousin is the Adze. The Adze is from Ghanna and Togo and has the shapeshifting powers commonly found in other vampires. It can switch between two forms: firefly and humanoid. It also has the power of posession, which is not common in most vampire subtypes. If an Adze manages to posess you, it can turn you into a witch. These creatures can also pass through solid doors in firefly form and drink the blood of a sleeping human.

Another is the Asanbosam. The Asanbosam comes from the folklore of the Akan. It has pink skin, iron teeth, iron hooks for feet, and it lives in the forests and feeds on those who tresspassed into its home. Sometimes, they're portrayed as closer to ogres than vampires, but they are also often said to resemble bats so we vampires claim them.

The Obayifo is a West African vampire from the folklore of the Ashanti. They are always hungry and obsessed with food. They emit a green light from their bodies. It is said that humans who practice witchcraft turn into Obayifo. They can shapeshift into a ball of floating light and fly in that form.

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