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Watermelon vampires

Posted July 2nd, 2015 at 06:27 AM by Offspring
Updated August 30th, 2017 at 02:51 PM by Offspring


Taken from that page: "the only known reference in scholarship is Tatomir Vukanović's account of his journeys in Serbia from 1933 to 1948. He wrote several years later":
The belief in vampires of plant origin occurs among Gs. [Gypsies] who belong to the Mosl. faith in KM [Kosovo-Metohija]. According to them there are only two plants which are regarded as likely to turn into vampires: pumpkins of every kind and water-melons. And the change takes place when they are 'fighting one another.' In Podrima and Prizrenski Podgor they consider this transformation occurs if these ground fruit have been kept for more than ten days: then the gathered pumpkins stir all by themselves and make a sound like 'brrrl, brrrl, brrrl!' and begin to shake themselves. It is also believed that sometimes a trace of blood can be seen on the pumpkin, and the Gs. then say it has become a vampire. These pumpkins and melons go round the houses, stables, and rooms at night, all by themselves, and do harm to people. But it is thought that they cannot do great damage to folk, so people are not very afraid of this kind of vampire.

Among the Mosl. Gs. in the village of Pirani (also in Podrima) it is believed that if pumpkins are kept after Christmas they turn into vampires, while the Lešani Gs. think that this phenomenon occurs if a pumpkin used as a syphon, when ripe and dry, stays unopened for three years.

Vampires of ground fruit origin are believed to have the same shape and appearance as the original plant.


The Gs. in KM. destroy pumpkins and melons which have become vampires ... by plunging them into a pot of boiling water, which is then poured away, the ground fruit being afterwards scrubbed by a broom and then thrown away, and the broom burned.
  • T. P. Vukanović, The Vampire; published in four parts in the Journal of the Gypsy Lore Society from 1957 to 1960.
    • (reprinted in) Jan L. Perkowski, Vampires of the Slavs (Columbus, Ohio: Slavica Publishers, 1976)
This is a possible watermelon vampire:

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A close-up of the evidence:

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I don't think we should necessarily believe in watermelon vampires, but I do think that if you are alone at night on some dodgy alley and you see one, you shouldn't risk it menacingly rolling towards you. Be aware of "brrrl, brrrl, brrrl" sounds coming from them.

If you decide to become a watermelon vampires hunter, don't forget to burn the broom, after you kill them.

Stay safe!
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    Wow, very spooky! Rivals Japanese folkloric creatures:
    Posted April 20th, 2018 at 04:35 AM by Todd Feinman Todd Feinman is online now

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