This evening, I came across a Scottish myth that I had never read before! As Jen is Scottish herself, this myth is definitely a new favorite of mine. ♥ It's an extremely interesting myth and one I hope you will enjoy as much as I have.
This is the myth of the baobhan sith.
Also known as the White Women of the Scottish Highlands.
Like most Vampire mythology, the baobhan sith are gorgeous women. They lure their victims in with their beauty, seducing them. They wear green dresses and walk on deer hooves and though hair color isn't mentioned, while doing a search, I noticed that most artists depict the baobhan sith with golden hair.
During my search I found one mention of fanged biting, however most sources state that the baobhan sith instead use their razor sharp fingernails as a way of cutting open their victims and drinking their blood from their wounds. The baobhan sith are also active during the night, and cannot tolerate daylight.
These gorgeous vampire women dressed in green travel in a pack, and from what I have read, exclusively hunt men, especially young travelers. The Baobhan sith live and hunt in forests, and in other natural places outside of cities. Here is one specific story of the baobhan sith from Wikipedia.
There is a certain legend regarding the baobhan sith in which a group of young travelers stopped for the night in a small glade (or empty hut) in the Scottish Highlands. They built a fire and began to wish for the company of beautiful women. Four stunning women appeared and began to dance with the men. The dance, which started out for enjoyment, became harsh, and the women tore at the men and drew blood. One of the men ran from their shelter and hid between two horses. The strange women circled the horses but could not seem to cross to him. When dawn came they disappeared, and the man found his companions dead and drained of blood. It is thought that the baobhan sith could not cross to him because of the iron in the shoes of the horses.
One myth states that every year, the baobhan sith awaken and feed. Building a cairn over their graves may be a way of stopping them from waking.
I hope you enjoyed this lovely Scottish myth, my fangtastic friends.