An obayifo is a vampire-like mythological creature from West Africa coming from the folklore of the Ashanti. It is known as asiman by the Dahomey people. The obayifo was also considered a kind of witch. In Ashanti folklore, obayifo are very common and may inhabit the bodies of ordinary people. They are described as having shifty eyes and being obsessed with food. When travelling at night they are said to emit a phosphorescent light from their armpits and anus.
Obayifo are believed to kill children by remotely sucking their blood and to enter the bodies of animals to attack humans. They are also said to suck the life from the land and weaken crops, particularly cacao. The Obayifo is also said to be able to travel as a ball of light.
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