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Gypsy folklore - Bibi, Dhampir, Mulo

Bibi: A Gypsy being, associated with cholera and death honored one day a year by Gypsy tribes, especially in the Balkans. According to the tales, Bibi appears as a tall, barefoot, thin woman in a red dress that is accompanied by two small girls and possibly two white lambs. When welcomed into a home she promises good fortune, but she curses those who reject her. Bibi strangles children, though their deaths appear to have been caused by cholera.

Dhampir: The product of a union between a mortal woman and a vampire. The Dhampir was thought to have special abilities, to help it to hunt other vampire.

Mulo: Also seen as Mullo. Rough translation "one who is dead." There are reports of this creature operating in both day and night, though some believed them to be strictly nocturnal creatures. They usually appeared quite normal, but some would have noticeable physical deformities. Some gypsies even thought plants and animals could become these vampires. There is a lot of variance among geographically separated Gypsy groups.


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