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A Moroi (or Moroii), same form in plural, is a type of vampire or ghost in. A female Moroi is called a Moroaică (pl. Moroaice). In some versions, a Moroi is a Ghost of a dead person which leaves the grave to draw energy from the living.
The etymology and origin of the Romanian term Moroi is unclear. It may be connected to Old Slavonic mora
, "nightmare", from *mer-, "to harm", from which comes Middle English mare ("Incubus (demon)") which survives in English nightmare; Old English mare ("goblin", "incubus"); Latin morbus ("disease") and Latin mors ("a corpse").
The Moroi was supposed to be the vampiric soul or spirit of an infant who was born illegitimately and then murdered by his own parents before being baptized. They punish their parents by creating tempests and hail storms which of course threaten not only the parents but the entire community.
The moroi can shapesfhift into man, as well as into different animals such as: dog, cat, horse, sheep, toad, and every kind of bloodsucking insects.
Moroi is said to feed on cattle, by drinking their blood, or on their own relatives, eating hearts and trying to draw them into their grave.
When discovered in its grave, moroi has freshly grown nails and blood streaming in its eyes, nors, ears and mouth.
How to ward off a Moroi
Moroi can be prevented by:
relative attending the burial and walking around the grave for three times. One of them should be carrying the latest candle used by the decesased;
burning resin twice a week on Tuesday and Saturday nights;
burning the clothes of the Moroi;
by stubbing (if the corpse seems to be red and ruddy) the heart of a suspected moroi with a needle, pin, or nail.
In fiction, based on the folklore though with a number of modifications, the name Moroi is sometimes spelled as Moroii. Fictional treatments in general make a clear and consistent distinction between a Strigoi and a Moroi (or "Moroii"), the former being an undead vampire, the latter a living vampire. However, in Romanian folklore the distinction is not always clear, and a Moroi may also refer to a phantom-like figure.