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Langsuyar (ランスブィル Ransubuiru) is a vampire from South Asia and an adversarry of Kitarō. He first appeared in the Shonen Magazine story Blood Battle Ogasawara.

Appearance

Personality

History

Shonen Magazine / 1968 Anime

Langsuyar appears in episode 52 of the first anime adaptation, Vampire Yōkai Gang.

1985 Anime

Langsuyar appears in episode 96 of the third anime adaptation, Blood Battle!! Yōkai Vampire Corps.

1996 Anime

Langsuyar appears in episode 104 of the fourth anime adaptation, Terror! The Island of the Vampires.

2007 Anime

Langsuyar appears in episode 71 and 76 of the fifth anime adaptation, Southern Yōkai Landing on Japan!! and Strongest Tag Battle!! Southern Chinese Yōkai!!

In this adaption, he is a member of his self-proclaimed group, the South Asian Yōkai Five (南方妖怪五人衆), along with Akamata, AsanbosamYashi-Otoshi, and Chinpo.

Powers and Abilities

Legend

The Langsuyar, alternatively spelled as "Lang suir" or "langsuir", are female revenants in Malay and Indonesian mythology. They are a type of vampire,[1] being the ghost of a woman who died while they were pregnant or were giving birth. They appear as either beautiful women with long black hair that reaches their ankles or floating heads of women with entrails and a spinal column hanging below, making it similar to the Penanggalan. Some have been described wearing green robes and having incredibly long nails and hands that extend down to their feet.[2] Their preferred prey are humans, specifically newborn male children, but will also consume the blood of newborn female children.[3]

Mizuki's depiction of Langsuyar resembles the Leyaks from Balinese mythology. The Leyaks are cannibalistic practitioners of black magic that at night, their heads detach from their bodies with long tongues and entrails still attached, trying to find pregnant women to suck their baby's blood or that of a newborn.[4] They have a queen named Rangda, who leads an army of evil witches against the leader of the forces of good; Barong.[5]

References

  1. Hantu hantu: an account of ghost belief in modern Malaya by James Noel McHugh (1959), published by D. Moore for Eastern Universities Press.
  2. "Village Shaman Traps The "Langsuir" A Malay Supernatural Spirit". (web archive)
  3. Encyclopedia of Demons in World Religions and Cultures by Theresa Bane (2012), MacFarkand.
  4. "Witchcraft, Grief, and the Ambivalence of Emotions" by Michele Stephen (1999).
  5. "The Barong Dance of Bali"

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