(Art by Kenya Marshall)
Asanbosam or Sasanbosam
Origins -Ashanti (Ghana, Cote d’Ivorie, Togo)
A vampiric creature that hides in the tree waiting for it’s prey to walk below so it can strike by hanging off the branches with it’s iron hook feet and biting its victim with sharp iron teeth.
The descirption of this creature is differs depending on where you are. The Asanbosam is desibes as a hairy beast with red eyes or a slim with crooked eyes and can pass as a human in the dark or that it has a long snake tail that it uses to distract its prey. However the iron hook feet and sharp iron teeth are always mentioned.
In Ghana, if a person mentions its name they are destined to bring bad luck to themselves and everyone around them!
I enjoy these because they’re helping me build a bestiary for an upcoming story! Yeah~