Strzyga by unka on DigartA strzyga, rarely in male form strzygoń or strzigůń (also called стржига [strzhyga] and strziga), is a female Slavic demon. People who were born with two hearts and two souls and two sets of teeth (second one barely visible) were believed to be strzygas. Furthermore a newborn child with already developed teeth was also believed to surely become one. When strzyga was recognized it was chased away from human habitat. Strzygas usually were dying at young age, but only one soul gets passed on, and the other soul caused the deceased strzyga to come alive and prey upon other living beings. Those undead creatures fly at night in a form of an owl and attack night-time travelers and people who simply wander off into the woods at night, sucking out their blood and eating out their insides. Strzyga could also be satisfied with animal blood, for a short period of time. When person recognized as strzyga dies decapitating the corpse and burying the head separate from the rest of the body is said to prevent strzyga from rising back from the dead, but burying the body face down with a sickle around its head is said to work as well.In the times of epidemic sick people were buried alive. Some of them made their way out of grave with bare hands. Wandering around forests, weak and with bloody hands and torn-off fingernails. Those people were believed to be strzygas as well.

Strzyga by unka on Digart

A strzyga, rarely in male form strzygoń or strzigůń (also called стржига [strzhyga] and strziga), is a female Slavic demon. People who were born with two hearts and two souls and two sets of teeth (second one barely visible) were believed to be strzygas. Furthermore a newborn child with already developed teeth was also believed to surely become one. When strzyga was recognized it was chased away from human habitat. Strzygas usually were dying at young age, but only one soul gets passed on, and the other soul caused the deceased strzyga to come alive and prey upon other living beings. Those undead creatures fly at night in a form of an owl and attack night-time travelers and people who simply wander off into the woods at night, sucking out their blood and eating out their insides. Strzyga could also be satisfied with animal blood, for a short period of time. When person recognized as strzyga dies decapitating the corpse and burying the head separate from the rest of the body is said to prevent strzyga from rising back from the dead, but burying the body face down with a sickle around its head is said to work as well.
In the times of epidemic sick people were buried alive. Some of them made their way out of grave with bare hands. Wandering around forests, weak and with bloody hands and torn-off fingernails. Those people were believed to be strzygas as well.

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