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Name: Yara-Ma-Yha-Who
Area of Origin: Australia

The Yara-Ma-Yha-Who is a legendary Australian Aboriginal creature, and a variation of the common vampire. The creature is described as appearing like a red-skinned little man with an oversized head, possessing a large mouth with no teeth. Adorning its hands and feet are suckers like that of an octopus. The little monster does not hunt, but rather waits in fig trees until unsuspecting travelers rest under its canopy in the shade. The Yara-Ma-Yha-Who then jumps down from its tree and drains the victim’s blood with its suckers, weakening their prey. It then consumes the person whole, and after consuming water and taking a nap, regurgitates the person, leaving him/her shorter than before and with a red tint to their skin.  If the same passerby happens to fall victim to more than one of these creatures, eventually he/she may turn into one of them themselves. Unlike traditional vampires, the Yara-Ma-Yha-Who only “hunts” during the day, and supposedly one can survive an encounter by “playing dead” until sunset, as it only feeds on what it perceives to be living.

Yara-ma-yha-who

Origin: Australia

Type: Vampire

Habitat: At the top of fig trees

The Yara-ma-yha-who is a little red man, usually around 3 feet, with a large head and a wide mouth. He lives on top of trees, holding on with fingers and toes that resemble the suckers on an octopus.

If anyone takes shelter under an inhabited tree, the Yara-ma-yha-who jumps down and sucks the person’s blood out through their hands and feet. The victim is left weak and helpess. Later, the vampire comes back to swallow the person whole. After a nap, the Yara-ma-yha-who regurgitates the victim, who is still alive but slightly shorter than before.

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Yara-ma-yha-who

The Yara-ma-yha-who is a creature that comes from Australian aboriginal folklore. It resembles a small man with red skin an a large head and mouth, with no teeth. On its hands and feet are sucker, and it lives in fig trees. Its method of hunting is clever, the Yara-ma-yha-who waits in its trees for an unsuspecting victim passes under, its then drops on them and drains their blood using the suckers on its hand and feet. The victim is then consumed by the Yara-ma-yha-who, then after taking a nap the Yara-ma-yha-who drinks water and spits out the victim, leaving them shorter than before and with a reddish tone to their skin. If the Yara-ma-yha-who does not do this the spirit of the tree transforms it into a glowing fungus. The Yara-ma-yha-who then repeats this process on the person until they are a Yara-ma-yha-who themselves. To survive a meeting with a Yara-ma-yha-who it is said you must play dead until sundown, because legend says a Yara-ma-yha-who only prays on the lving and during the day. The Yara-ma-yha-who is an Australian aboriginal boogyman meant to discourage children from running off on their own.

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UNICORN (Horned, Intelligent, Fae Beasts): Karkadann / Miraj / Shadhavar / Sin-You / Indrik

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ONI (Possessed Spiritual Demons): Daitengu / Likho / Nekomata / Omukade / Rakshasa / Sazae-Oni / Suiko / Tsuchigumo / Arzshenk / Isonade / Kasha

ANGEL (Fallen Angels): Ankou / Anteros / Erinyes / Valkyrie / Grim Reaper / Phobetor

UNDEAD: Acheri / Ahkiyyini / Bakekujira / Barghest / Baykok / Berbalang / Bezkost / ChonChon / Draugr / Dullahan / Fext / Gaki / Gashadokuro / Gloson / Harionago / Heikegani / Hrokkall / Moroi / Mummy / Nelapsi / Oniate / Sigbin / Vrykolakas / Yuki-Onna / Zombie / Davy Jones / Koschei the Deathless / Naglfar / Nosferatu

SPIRIT (Incorporeal Undead): Aatxe / Banshee / Candileja / Deogen / Inugami / Nosoi / Poltergeist / Sluagh / Dybbuk / Fear Dorcha / Limos / Pesta

ELEMENTAL (Made from the Elements, Fire, Water, Air, Earth, Darkness, Light or a combination): Adze / Cherufe / Dorotabo / Ebajalg / Enenra / Gaueko / Hinqumemen / Hongaek / Jembalang / Nargun / Nida / Planctae / Planetnik / Polong / Raiju / Seitaad / Witiko / Ziburinis / Sandman

GENIE (Elemental Lords): Ghul / Ifrit

OOZE (Slimes and Globsters): A Bao A Qu / Butatsch-Cun-Ilgs / Dheeyabery / It / Nurikabe / Orang Minyak / Swamfisk / Umibozu

ABERRATION (Aliens from Earth): Abuhuku / Agropelter / Akaname / Burach Bhadi / Charybdis / Cuero / Fachen / Grindylow / Iku-Turso / Issitoq / Kamikiri / Keukegen / Kraken / Lilyi / Lou Carcolh / Marabbecca / Migas / Osschaart / Sagari / Scylla / Tenome / Tooth Fairy / Yara-Ma-Yha-Who / Revolving Beast

ALIEN (Aberrations from other Planets): Amikuk / Chupacabra / Colorobetch / Dijiang / Doppelganger / Ewah / Fear Liath / Gray / KawKaw / Kurita / Lavellan / Mothman / Nandi Bear / Roperite / Annunaki / Hundun / Otoroshi / Rake

CONSTRUCT (Hand Made Magical Animated Golems): Gargoyle / Gold-Digging Ant / Invunche / Juggernaut / Khalkotauroi / Pixiu / Pua Tu Tahi / Terra-Cotta Warrior / Wanyudo / Wulgaru / Haetae / Minokawa / Pandora Box / Talos

TSUKUMOGAMI (Hand Made Objects that animated themselves): Agrippa / Biwa-Bokuboku / Bubak / Caleuche / Fulad-Zereh / Hannya / Ittan-Momen / Jenglot / Konakadet / Muramasa Blade / Ungaikyo / Zorigami

SINLORD (The Seven Deadly Sins Incarnated): Alastor / Bushyasta / Cipactli / Fafnir / Lilith / Narcissus / Zelus

HORSEMAN (The Four Horseman of the Apocalypse): Horseman of Death / Horseman of Famine / Horseman of Pestilence / Horseman of War / Lord of the Apocalypse

GOD: Ah-Muzen-Cab / Chernobog / Hel / Heqet / Itzpapalotl / Loki / Proteus / Punga / Quetzalcoatl / Serket / Set / Tezcatlipocao 

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SHIFTER (Shapeshifters): A Bao A Qu / Aitvaras / Akhlut / Asdeev / Cirein Croin / Daitengu / Dilong / Doppelganger / Ghul / Hidebehind / Ifrit / Imp / It / Jorogumo / Karzelek / Kayeri / Kelpie / Kikimora / Kumiho / Leshy / Mambabarang / Nekomata / Nelapsi / Nocnitsa / Nue / Nurikabe / Otso / Papinijuwari / Phooka / Piasa / Popobawa / Pukwudgie / Raiju / Rusalka / Salamander / Selkie / Skinwalker / Spriggan / Succubus / Tikbalang / Valravn / Veela / Zamba Zaraa / Ah-Muzen-Cab / Baba Yaga / Beelzebub / Bergkonge / Chernobog / El Tunche / Hraesvelgr / Hundun / Lilith / Loki / King Lycos / Nosferatu / Proteus / Revolving Beast / Sandman / Set / Tezcatlipocao

PARASITE (Creatures that use other beings to survive): Abuhuku / Aerico / Alp-Luachra / Awahondo / Bezkost / Biwa-Bokuboku / Burach Bhadi / Choukeshin / ColoColo / Devalpa / Ewah / Hannya / Inugami / Konakadet / Lilyi / MbieluMbielu / Nandi Bear / Nuckelavee / Orang Minyak / Polong / Poltergeist / Ratatoskr / Tlanusi / Trenti / Wendigo / Xan / Ziburinis / Dybbuk

Yara-ma-yha-who

In Aboriginal folklore, the yara-ma-yha-who is a small red humanoid creature with a very big head, a large mouth, no teeth, and suckers on the end of its hands and feet. It waits in fig trees for unsuspecting travellers and then drains their blood via its suckers. It will then eat its victim, drink some water, and sleep; on waking it will regurgitate the victim. They’ll be shorter than before and their skin will gain a reddish tint.

Repeated exposure to a yara-ma-yha-who will turn a person into one themselves. As they are strictly diurnal and only feed from living prey, they can be avoided by playing dead until sunset.

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292: Yara-ma-yha-who 

“It will only take a moment of your time good sir and madame!” 

Requested by: lapis-blazuli 

Lovely Animation Done by Blanca Martinez de Rituerto

Daily Monster 13: Yara-ma-yha-who

Region of origin: Australia

A small red imp of a man, the Yara-ma-yha-who lives in fig trees and attacks people who sleep under its tree, draining blood with their sucker-fingers and swallowing them in its massive mouth for a while before regurgitating them, slightly smaller and redder than before, repeating the process until they themselves became a new Yara-ma-yha-who.

The Yara-ma-yha-who is a creature from Australian Aboriginal folklore. This creature resembles a little red man with a very big head and large mouth with no teeth. On the ends of its hands and feet are suckers. It lives in fig trees and does not hunt for food, but waits until an unsuspecting traveler rests under the tree. It then drops onto the victim and drains their blood using the suckers on its hands and feet, making them weak. It then consumes the person, drinks some water, and then takes a nap. When the Yara-ma-yha-who awakens, it regurgitates the victim, leaving it shorter than before. The victim’s skin also has a reddish tint to it that it didn’t have before. It repeats this process several times. At length, the victim is transformed into a Yara-ma-yha-who itself. According to legend, the Yara-ma-yha-who will only prey upon a living person, so (hypothetically speaking) you could survive an encounter with this monster by “playing-dead” until sunset; the creature only hunts during the day.

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