The Ekimmu is part of Ancient Assyrian and Babylonian myth. The Ekimmu was a said to be a corpse that could not find any rest, so it roam with the living. It is also called an early vampire and in Anthony Masters's book, "Natural History of the Vampire," he calls the Ekimmu cannibalistic.
There are many reasons why an Ekimmu could be restless and still roaming the land. The reasoning behind this are the following:
- They were murdered.
- They died from drowning.
- Dying from starvation could make the person into a Ekimmu.
- Someone died during their pregnancy.
- Another reason was death by wild animals.
- Improper burial is another reason why someone could come back as a Ekimmu.
So like what people think now behind the reasoning of restless spirits is exactly what the ancient world also believed too, though some legends call the Ekimmu, a vampire and not just a wandering spirit.
The Ekimmu could possess other living souls. According to the site, "Vampire Underworld," the date exactly of the Ekimmu dates back from 4,000 B.C. They were also said to be very violent and would attack anyone who would pass by. The angry that they had by not being able to go to the afterlife, they took out on living souls.
The Ekimmu were both said to be psychic and blood-sucking vampires. They were sometimes portrayed as winged demons, walking corpses, and moving shadows.
Stuart A. Kallen's book, "Vampire History and Lore," gives an exact view on what an Ekimmu looked like:
- The Ekimmu was said to be quite thin.
- They were also said to be extremely pale
- They had scabs and sores all over their body.
- They could shape-shift hence where the winged dragon comes from.
- Like how we know about vampires nowadays, the Ekimmu possessed super-human strength.
So that's a little bit about the Ekimmu, an early myth about vampires!