The name given by Arabic peoples to a kind of vampire, translated from Arabic means a horse-leech, or blood sucking jinn, or demon. This form of vampire became known in more common western usage as a ghoul,  traditionally female demon that feasted upon dead babies and inhabited cemeteries.

The incarnation and nature of the algul varied, finding expression in literature, most notably in the Thousand and One Nights. (See Amine, for  an example of a algul and ghoul.)


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