Pronunciation: Hay-MA

A vampiric bird with beautiful GREEN or purple feathers from the mythology of Arabia, the hameh is created from the blood of a murder victim. The hameh has a monotonous cry, “iskoonee,” which translates to mean “give me blood.” It will also cry out if it sees a murder about to happen. The vampire will tirelessly seek out its own murderer, never stopping until it has drunk its fill of his blood. Once the hameh has tracked down its killer, it will fly off to the land of spirits and gladly announce that its murder has been avenged.


  • Hulme, Mythland, 140­41;
  • Lane, Selections from the K.ur-án, 35;
  • Muir, Songs and Other Fancies, 1 57­59;
  • Reddall, Fact, Fancy, and Fable, 250

From the Encyclopedia of Vampire Mythology Written by Theresa Bane ©2010 Theresa Bane. All rights reserved