A tale from African-American Gullah Culture (Gullahs were descendants of African Southern Slaves from South Carolina and Georgia) - comes ''The Boo Hag''. The story comes in around the 18th Century (and is still somewhat active today). The legend states that The Boo Hag is a vampire-like evil spirit. Unlike a traditional blood-drinker, Boo Hags suck the breath (or energy) from their victims. They wear the skins of some of their victims (having no skin of their own). Often, once a suitable victim is picked, The Boo Hag will gain access (through a crack in the door or wall). She floats above the victim when they are asleep. Putting the victim into a dream filled sleep, she sucks some (not all) of their breath (energy) from them. The Boo Hag will do this many times (over many weeks). IF the victim fights through his dreams and wakes up, The Boo Hag will take their skin. Boo Hags wear their skins until they are no longer suitable for use (decomposing). They must replace the skin always before daylight light - least they be trapped without skin - forever. Another Boo Hag trick, is to ride their victims. A victim will feel an unusual weight on their back (from time to time). This is a Boo Hag. A known tactic to rid and or confuse a Boo Hag, is to place a broom by your bed before you go to sleep at night. An attacking Boo Hag MUST stop and count all the straws (bristles). By the time she does, it is close to morning, and she must go.