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  • A terrible demon in the folklore of the Aymara people (Bolivia and Peru). He deceives the unwary with his smiles and friendly appearance, then afflicts them with deadly diseases. It is also said that the Anchanchu sucks the blood of his victims during their sleep. His presence is accompanied by whirlwinds. The Aymara avoid rivers and isolated places where the demon is supposed to reside. (From Pantheon.org)

    November 27, 2008