Pronunciation : (OO-too-coo)
This species of vampire was first mentioned in the Mesopotamian epic, Gilgamesh. The utukku was created when a person died before he could fulfill an obligation, causing his soul to become bound to his corpse, creating a REVENANT. Usually found in deserted places in the desert and mountains and along the ocean’s shore, it kills by making direct eye contact with a person, absorbing his life-energy (see ENERGY VAMPIRE). As time passed, this ancient species of vampire became thought of more as a demon.
- Rogers, Religion of Babylonia and Assyria, 1 4748;
- Sayce, Religions of Ancient Egypt and Babylonia, 28387;
- Thompson, Semitic Magic, 3940;
- Wiggermann, Mesopotamian Protective Spirits, 11314