Posts Tagged ‘hunter’

In western Switzerland there is a man that is dressed in a military uniform and gas mask who seems to haunt the area, for around ten years now locals have reported him walking around the woods taking the same path each day. The locals call him Le Loyon and are scared of him, when encountered he does not speak and stares at the person before walking off. A photographer tried to take a picture of Le Loyon and estimated him to be around 6’6 in height. Le Matin were the first paper to publish an image of him, before then there had been no evidence of his existence despite reports. Local children don’t play in the woods now because of him even though he has never done anything other than walk around. The local stranger has been seen carrying flowers down the path and according to the authorities in the area there is nothing they can do, he hasn’t done anything wrong.

At one stage in the history of Le Loyon they found his clothes abandoned in the park with a strange note, the note said he was leaving because of ‘The risk of a hunt for the Beast’ being too great.

No one knows why he doesn’t speak and there is no idea where he comes from. Some suggest he may be mentally disturbed or that he might have a skin disease which would cause him to want to avoid being seen by others.

The latest information that I found in regards to Le Loyon was that he may well (or she) have let the character commit suicide. They have posted a letter to say that they would cease their wanderings, though some have taken this as a traditional suicide note, this may be more down to a mis-translation than anything.

An early report of vampires comes from Istria in Croatia, 1672. The locals reported a local vampire Giure Grando, in the village of Khring near Tinjan. He was the cause of some panic as the peasant’s death left them with his undead irritations. He took blood from the locals and sexually harassed his window. The original attempt to remove the undead was a stake which failed, so they took a more permanent approach of beheading.

Peter Plogowitz and Arnold Poale are two names synonymous with vampires. Plogojowitz died at the age of 62, but then allegedly came back to his son for food; his son refused and was found dead the next day. He was supposedly found to then attack neighbours, found dead the following day. Poale was an ex-soldier turned vampire who was attacked
by one years before his death whilst haying. After his death there were reports of him taking out locals.

Rhode Island and Eastern Connecticut have had some interesting brushes with the undead, there are cases in the area where the family had the heart removed to prevent any further risings, although vampires are never mentioned specifically. A famous case recorded in Exeter, Rhode Island is of Mercy Brown, 1892 who removed her from her tomb two months after her death. He was aided by the family physician and they cut out her heart, and then burned it to ashes.

Japanese Cinema has a great set of vampire films from the 1950’s upwards, however a lot of the folklore is derived form the Western types (see Escape from Vampire Island as one of my personal favourites). The Nukekubi is perhaps the original tale for them as it is a creature whose head and neck detach from the body and fly around seeking it’s human prey at night.

In South Asia, the Bhūta or Prét is the soul of a man with a life cut short, they wander around animating bodies and attacking the living similar to ghouls. The legends of detachable body parts is not solely given to Japan either, there are similar types in the Philippines, Malaysia and Indonsia. The Tagalog and the Visayan Manananggal are other examples. Mandurugo are pretty girls by day and at night they get wings and thread-like tongues but the Manananggal is older and can sever it’s torso to fly and find sleeping pregnant women. They like to suck out the foetus or the entrails of sick people (yuk!)