Friday, June 17, 2011

To spin on a thread, eating the sun and moon

In Romania, the Varcolaci vampires hunger, not for the red blood flow of humans, but for the light of the sun and the moon. Sometimes depicted as small animals, but also as pale and parched humans, one legend has it that they're created at midnight if a woman spins without candlelight. They travel wherever they like on the thread of this midnight spinning, as long as the thread isn't broken, and an eclipse is the Varcolaci satiated by that lost sun or moon.

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