What vampire is closely related to a wendigo and sasquatch? According to Choctaw folklore, a Shampe. Coming across a bear in the woods is the least of your worries. Shampes are described as being giant, grotesque beasts seen with or without coarse brown hair who live in the deepest part of the woods. He is also described as a large hairy man. They can't stand bright sunshine or open air as it makes them weak and sick. Some versions of the story state he is a man-eater. In others, he abducts Choctaw women.
These vampire-beasts were known to follow hunters carrying their kills. The sent of blood attracts them to you. Their keen sense of smell helps them track any person or animal which makes up for their terrible vision.
Considering who it is kin to, the Shampe gives off certain warning signs that lets you know it is near. Their foul smell is a huge one. It is believed that many people have died from this scent. Another giveaway is the whistling sound they make as they stalk their prey. If you ever hear and/or smell these two warnings, drop whatever wounded/dead animal you have and run as fast as you can.
Reports of this creature have been few and far between as of lately. However, some Choctaw people have heard its whistle in recent years.
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