June 4, 2013

Dearg Due

Most people have no idea that the Irish culture has its own version of the vampire. These Irish vampires are called Dearg-due and no, they definitely do not sparkle. When you think about it, it makes sense that the Irish had their own vampire tales since Bram Stoker was Irish.But Dearg-due is nothing like Dracula.

Dearg-due means "red blood sucker." The entity is actually demonic in nature. The supposed origin comes fro a woman who was forced into an arranged marriage and left behind her true love, who was a peasant and deemed unfit for marriage by her father. The woman's new husband was abusive and eventually she committed suicide. She was buried near Strongbow's Tree in Waterford.

Legend has it that the woman  rises from her grave once a year to exact revenge. The creature sucks the blood out of her victims, draining them completely of that life-giving fluid, somewhat like el Chupacabra. Dearg-due's first two victims were her late husband and father.

The woman was supposedly quite beautiful during her life and she can take on that same ravishingly beautiful form when she rises from the grave once a year. She uses this beauty to lure her male victims in.

There is only one known way to keep the Dearg-due at bay: pile stones on the grave to form a mound. The weight of the stones keeps her trapped in her grave, until some poor fool removes the stones and Dearg-due rises again.


Robin said...

Do you watch the TV show Supernatural? This sounds like one of the Supernatural creatures I would expect to see Sam and Dean chasing down. I find this sort of lore fascinating. Gruesome, but still who doesn't think it isn't compelling stuff???

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

I'd never heard that vampire tale before.

L. Diane Wolfe said...

She didn't go after the man she really loved, did she?

Steven said...

Robin, I've watched Supernatural once or twice but that's about it. I find these kinds of tales to be great playgrounds for my imagination.

Alex, I'm sure you're not alone.

Diane, from everything I've read, no.

Dianne K. Salerni said...

Sounds kind of like a cross between a succubus and a vampire!

Steven said...

Dianne, I can see some parallels, yes.