Vampires Have Been With Us Since The Dawn Of Time
Since the dawn of civilization there has been blood drinking ghouls documented and written about by people from all nations down thru history. All the way back to ancient Babylonian Vampire like creatures have walked among us. And there were some really violent people down thru history who practiced at being a vampire even if they were not real vampires.
Like Elizabeth Bathory who was known as the Blood Countess. She tortured and killed over 600 servant girls and drank their blood and bathed in it. She is probally the most prolific female serial killer in history.
And we can not forget the real life Dracula Vlad The Impaler. Vlad had the nasty habit of impaling or having his percieved enemies impaled on tall wooden spikes. He had them impaled and then he would leave them there with orders that no one was to take them down. Some people would live for days impaled on the wooden spikes. It is from Dracula, Vlad the Impaler that Bram Stoker got the ideal for his book , Dracula.
The legend of the vampire was very much known in that area of the world which is now Transylvania and Romania. People of those countries have always believed that vampires are very real. Transylvania is now a land of mystery and majic. Many people there claim that vampires are real and many claim that real live werewolfs wander the dark forests of Romania and Transylvania.
Many people from those countries claim that Dracula was a real life vampire and that he is still very much alive today. There is a legend in the area that Dracula was just another name for Judas Iscariot who was and is the father of all vampires. In that legend Judas Iscariot was doomed to roam the earth until the return of Jesus Christ and he was able to spread the dark gift ( being a vampire ) to others.
That legend goes on to say that Vampires aversion to silver can be traced back to the 30 pieces of silver paid to Judas for betraying Christ.
And people should know that the Slavic people today believe very much in vampires. They believe that they are real beings that prey on living people for their blood. And it is the vampire of the Slavic people that we have seen in such modern shows and movies like Buffy The Vampire Slayer , Dracula The Movie , and Ann Rice's Interview With A Vampire.
Ann Rice brought the Vampires to life in her series of books that started with , Interview With A Vampire like no other author in history ever had. She brought the vampires to life on the pages of her books and made us see the real live vampires like no other author in history ever had.
She made people believe that vampires could exist and she made people wonder what could be hiding there in the dark of night. She brought the vampires to life and made them live. You almost felt like they were going to step out of the pages of her books.
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Vampire Myths And Legends
In most of Europe during the dark ages there was great fear of vampires and many people were executed for being a vampire. Many people took to burying their love ones up side down so that if they turned into a vampire and tried to dig out of the coffin they would dig down instead of up.
And many many people especially in Europe were dug up and stakes driven thru their heart to keep them from being a vampire. Corpses were also buried with a piece of real siver in their mouths to prevent them from becoming a vampire. Most legends agree that blessed objects , crosses , silver , and garlic keep vampires away. Many people believe that unless you invite a vampire into your house it can not enter. However once they were invited in one time they could come and go as they pleased.
Some people even in present day Europe hang garlic over their door ways to keep vampires away. There is also a legend in Europe that if you have a cat living in the house that vampires will avoid your house. You can also leave a dish of dry rice or mustard seed outside your door and a vampire will have to stop and count them before it can move on.
Some people in Europe paint their doorways with Holy Water to keep vampires away. Some of them get a silver cross blessed by a Priest and place one above every doorway to keep away vampires.
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