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


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

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