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Vampire Facts

Updated on May 7, 2015

Vampires have been a favorite amongst monster lovers as long as stories have been told. Their popularity has continued to reign and has exploded with new "rules" regarding the vampire expanding and evolving all the time. A simple set of guidelines was set in place when Bram Stoker wrote Dracula back in 1897 but there were more questions than answers for adoring fans.

New ideas have been explored involving almost every aspect of vampires ever since. Everything from examining what would be possible with a vampire/human hybrid in the Blade comic book series to an alternate universe where vampires were the dominant species on earth, hunting the remaining humans to extinction in the action-thriller Daybreakers.

We are going to have a look at five of the strangest, little known and down right crazy vampire facts that we could dig up. Enjoy!!!

Count VonCount in all his glory
Count VonCount in all his glory | Source

5. Compelled to Count

The puppet "Count Von Count" from sesame street is based on actual vampire legend. One, one great character AH, AH, AHHH!!

It was said that to protect yourself from vampire attacks one was to scatter mustard seeds, poppy seeds or a bag of rice, according to Chinese vampire lore, at your door. Fishnets were said to be best to cover windows..... A vampire who had wished to gain entry to your home would be compelled to count each seed or knot in the net. Hopefully delaying them long enough for the sun to rise leaving just a charred mess at your door or window in the morning.

Similar superstitions were used to keep a vampire from rising up from it's grave. If something was left for the vampires to count they may be stuck for centuries. The most popular was a fishing net. It was thought that the vampire could only untie one knot a year and would keep it in the grave indefinitely.

Seems people used to believe local vampires had some sort of obsessive compulsive disorder.

Image - Count Von Count from Sesame Street

4. The Name "Vampire"

Vampire in a coffin
Vampire in a coffin

It is currently believed (and has been hotly debated for some time) that the name "vampire' is derived from a Slavic verb meaning "to drink". The Slavic language originated in and around Serbia.

The word vampire was known in England in the seventeenth century, 1734 to be exact according to the Oxford English Dictionary. It gradually made it's way to most other European languages by the mid eighteenth century. Bram Stoker is thought to have made it a household name when he wrote Dracula, introducing many to the concept of the vampire.

It is believed that the word was gradually passed from language to language when the French derived 'vampyre' from the German 'vampir' which closely resembles the Slavic verb meaning "to drink".

No matter where it came from, by the time Bram Stoker's Dracula reached the publics hands it became a horror fans new favorite word. And shows no signs of stopping.

Image - Vampire in a coffin

More About Vampires

Vampires and mirrors don't mix
Vampires and mirrors don't mix | Source

3. Casting No Reflection?

The fact that vampires cast no reflection in mirrors is widely known by vampire lovers, but where did this vampire lore originate?

It is believed that a mirror casts a reflection of the soul. A vampire, being an undead creature of the night, has no soul. Hence it casts no reflection.

Another belief was based on early mirrors which were backed with silver to give them their reflective quality. Silver is said to have supernatural powers against vampires (and werewolves) and that was the reason that no reflection could be cast by any creature of the night.

Another interesting and somewhat related fact about mirrors is that many cultures believed if someone died in a house all mirrors in that home should be covered to prevent that soul of the recently departed from becoming trapped in the mirror and end up unable to travel to the after life. Not many cultures still practice this belief.

Image - Old mirror

Blood
Blood

2. Why Blood?

The main form of sustenance for a vampire. But was it merely to shock listeners by early story tellers in ancient times or was there some other meaning behind the drinking of blood?

Blood is considered scared by many religions and cultures. It is has been symbol of vitality and fertility throughout history. Our ancient ancestors sacrificed thousand of people a year to various gods giving an excellent example of how strongly they believed in blood's value.

Before vampires existed our ancient ancestors attributed blood drinking to the work of demons, devils or spirits. Many ancient cultures also had a god or deity who consumed blood. This is probably why it became a powerful tool in the very first vampire stories, what better way to display the power of evil than to have it drain the very thing that allows us to live.

Blood drinking has evolved in many ways in the vampire story throughout time but it remains the defining quality of a vampire and probably always will.

Image - Blood splatter

Nosferatu
Nosferatu

1. Becoming One of the Undead

Besides from the traditional method of being bitten and ultimately becoming one of the undead yourself there are numerous other way of joining the vampire ranks. Some of them are quite fantastic and some are just plain weird.

A list of a few of the ways seen through out history include :

  • Committing sucicide
  • Eating the meat of a lamb killed by a wolf
  • Practicing witchcraft or satanism
  • If an animal such as a cat or dog passed over the corpse of the recently deceased
  • A corpse which is improperly buried may come back as a vampire
  • Having a spell cast on you at birth
  • Dying before baptism

Image - Nosferatu Purchase print

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Fan of the Fang!
Fan of the Fang! | Source

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    • Pangermia profile image

      Pangermia 4 years ago

      There are still vampires in Serbia...

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      some vampires suck humans life force

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Not all vampires drink blood and not all vampyres are demons

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      Hypersapien2 5 years ago from U.S.

      Awesome lens!

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      dwnovacek 5 years ago

      Another great lens. So much fun! Angel Blessed!

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      surfer1969 lm 6 years ago

      A very nice lens on the vampire legend.I've some theories on vampires that are way out there.But I might saved that for a future lens I guess.I've always been Into the unknown myself and find stiuff like this to be really Interesting.

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      LisaDH 7 years ago

      Wow, I learned a lot of new things here and was particularly amazed to learn Count von Count has some historical background behind his counting. Who knew?!

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      SacredCynWear 7 years ago

      Awesome lens. I have that Vampire book as well, and I strongly recommend it. According to vampire lore, you are destined to be a vampire if you were born on a religious holiday, and if you were born with some dis figuration. I am a Christmas baby, who was born without tonsils.....so beware! Great lens! Will lens roll it on my Dracula and Mina Lens!

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      WindyWintersHubs 7 years ago from Vancouver Island, BC

      Interesting list of facts and cool graphics. I can't say I believe in vampires except on Halloween. Best Wishes with your designs! ~Squid Greeter