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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 themself. 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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DancingInTwilight Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2013  Student General Artist
how did you learn about all these?
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tigerbreath13 Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I think it avoids the night shift because of bunyip predation
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deviantmaster101 Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2013  Student General Artist
WHERE'S THE Z!
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Marinas Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Ya! I should have figured from earlier, you hadn't gotten to Y yet. I read a ghost story about these buggers once and it was freaky; a young boy lost his brother this way despite being warned by their grandmother. The one brother was forced to abandon his changed sibling and survived by playing dead, even when the yara-ma-yha-who poked and tickled him.
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btomimatsu Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I really love these little tid-bits. I love learning about other cultures. :D
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LittleBlueOwls Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2013  Student Digital Artist
I always learn something from you every day
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Roxj Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2013
AMAZING!
somehow reminds me of my country's creature
el sombreron
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Fb-PHE13 Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Freaky...
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captaincabbage Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2013
Somebody's been watching vsauce again :3
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yaoinut Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2013
Creatures like this is why I love mythology and wish people would stop focusing on vampires and werewolves. Look what interesting stuff there is, don't just look at the well known!

Also, nice take on it, adding an old-man kinda look somehow makes it look even creepier.
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drEJDZ Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
huehuehue awsome
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rivinca Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2013   Digital Artist
Really scary old thing D:
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AmbivalentLotophage Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2013
:7 lol
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glowworm56 Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2013
Of all the vampire-like creatures--this one seems bizarely adorable.
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xelanesque Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2013
Freaky O.o
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DawnSentinel Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2013
I read about this critter a long time ago. Scared the crap out of me.
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COLLME Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2013
that is creepy but cool
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Danakona Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
... and takes a nap. Hahahaha! Eating drinking and sleeping sounds like what i do
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Meme-candia Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2013  Student General Artist
jajajaja es muy lindo!
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Spocksgirlfriend Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Aaand there goes my desire to visit Australia. ; -- ;
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MrBoxerBriefs Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2013
WHY DOES AUSTRALIA SOUND LIKE A PIT OF UNHOLY CREATURES THAT WILL KILL YOU!?
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LittleBlueOwls Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Every country sounds like that
Our myths haunt us and lurk in the shadows >.>
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theprotectorjerdana Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I think that goes for everywhere?
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ZombiePenguin15 Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2013
The beauty of Australia far exceeds the danger of it's creatures... Except for drop bears. Those things'll get you.
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filipahped Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2013
Fact: Yara-ma-yha-who is the aboriginal word for drop bear.
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