Legend of Vampires
Vampires-A predator believed to be an animated copse who sucks blood from humans as they sleep at night.(Webster, paraphrased)
Mythological or Folkloric creature who subsist by feeding on the lifeforce of living creatures, humans or animals, whether they the undead, or living creatures. Wikipidia
I have put together my own thoughts concerning this topic from various locations, off the web. I have written this blog for entertainment purposes only and in no way swear to the existence of vampires, nor deny the possibility of their existence. So, have fun with my thoughts on the vampire, and please feel free to comment.
The term vampire didn’t exist or wasn’t popularized in ancient times, until the eighteenth century. The term became popularized by superstitions that swept across Western Europe, and in Romania.
Although the act of vampirism has been recounted from the beginning of time,in many forms and in many legends.
Legends of vampires date all the way back to the beginning of creation to Adam. It is thought by some that Adam had a wife before Eve. Her name is Lilith, and she is believed to have been created at the same time as Adam, and from the dust, not his ribs. This made her believe that she then was Adam’s equal, not his lesser, therefore she maintained that she shouldn’t have to submit to him. Adam disagreed, and eventually she escaped the Garden of Eden and searched out her own area to exist. It is thought that she came to Cain, Adam’s first born son, and convinced him to turn others into vampires so he wouldn’t have to be alone.
In other legends, she is considered as the queen of vampires, being either the daughter of Count Dracula, or his partner.
I do plan to do further studying on this very interesting female at a later time.
The history of vampires began in ancient Persia where a vase was discovered depicting a man struggling with a huge creature that is attempting to suck his blood.
In Babylonia, we come across Lilith again, where she is believed to be the ‘sucker of baby’s blood.”
In 6th century China, we are introduced to the ‘living dead’, or revenants, as they were called.
Other legends are famously told in areas such as India, Malaysia, Polynesia, and even the Aztec’s, and Eskimos have their version of the vampire.
Today, I’m discussing the simple facts surrounding the vampire. Facts that we have all heard throughout history and stories from books, and movies. If I have left out a power or weakness in the following lists,please feel free to comment in the comments section below this blog. If anyone has anymore fun or interesting details about the vampire, please, also comment. I look forward to reading them.
Vampires are thought to possess certain powers such as immortality, super strength, stronger hearing and vision capabilities, they can run at super speeds, and they are capable of turning into bats and flying.
Their weakness’s are thought to be silver and garlic. They can be killed by a crucifix or wooden stake to the heart, holy water blessed by a priest, sunlight, and they can be killed by decapitation. Other interesting facts are that they do not cast a shadow nor have a reflection of their image in a mirror.
In the old movies, they slept in coffins, but sometimes believed to sleep in caves or the corner of a room, hanging upside down like a bat, or may even be in the form of a bat while sleeping. But always, the room where they are sleeping is dark.
They can turn others into vampires by biting the person, draining all, or nearly all of the blood, and then replacing it with their own blood.They have minions that travel with them to do their bidding, thought also to be a human who can walk by daylight so that they can attend to tasks for the vampire while he sleeps. Usually, this minion is only half-way turned, or in a trance.
As vampires sleep, their bodies go into such a deep sleep that they appear not to be breathing, and dead, but if an intruder gets to close to the body, the vampire’s body instinctively reaches its hands out and strangles the person to death.
Also, in ancient times, though they weren’t known as vampires, there were acts of cannibalism as well as blood-sucking incidents occurring that made many believe that vipirism was occurring. Often times, many family members were thought to be dead, and were buried alive. Some of these people were buried in shallow graves and managed to claw their way out of the wooden caskets, and dig themselves out of the graves. They were then accused of being the ‘living dead‘. Many were then slaughtered by wooden stakes to the heart, burned to death, or decapitated.