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Vampires,Real life Vampire-Vampires are real and they exist
Image of a female Vampire
The mythological creature is shrouded in legend and folklore, having supposed origins in Transylvania, England with other depictions in the Americas, Europe and Asia. The vampire is said to have a strong aversion to sunlight which literally emulsifies them on contact. They are cold, pale skinned, mischievous with dark countenance some gaunt and pale with two protruding fangs used to pierce human skin.
Other movie portraits of the beast is that they prefer dark dungeons, castles, caves, tombs and burial grounds, they sleep in coffins during the day and some have minders that serve and protect them, they are also believed to move extremely fast, have the ability of flight or can jump real good. Other traits is superhuman strength, great endurance, are solitary and intelligent.
The first reference to vampires dates back to 1734 when widespread superstition, poor scientific knowledge and old traditions believed in the existence of the blood suckers. Movie vampires are hard to kill and only decapitation or a stake to the heart can cause spontaneous combustion, they are also believed to be conning, have hypnotic appeal and are immortal.
The influx of eastern Europeans and their talk of blood sucking beasts in the early 18th century especial people from areas like Transylvania, Balkans, Rome, Romania, Slovak, Russia region fueled the legend into superstar dimensions, death and its accompanied mysteries, ignorance, fear and speculation fueled the mythology of vampires .
Countries that have legends associated with the vampire origin through verbal traditions, folklore and superstition are East Slavic, Russia, Czech, Poland, Bosnian culture, Bulgarian, Austrian, Serbian, Germany and Britain.
Vampire and Horror Movies
Vampires,Real life vampire-vampires are real and they exist
Human beings have been fascinated with the morbid for as long as their existence, drawing inspiration form nightmares, mythology, fear, fantasy and imagination. One of the creatures that have developed a life of its own are vampires, they have been portrayed in countless books stories, magazines, comics and movies like the classic bran stokers Dracula, and countless flicks on the subject.
The unique history of the creature, fact and fiction might point to the existence of something that could have fueled the legend but less macabre. The first thing that should be answered is what exactly is a vampire?
The books and movie interpretation of a vampire is an undead creature formally human that had been turned when bitten into a horrible blood sucking monster, a vile entity with supernatural abilities. They have an insatiable taste for blood and have an amoral forbearance.
Horror movies love vampires
The horror movie genre is very popular in contemporary movies and has been explored in cartoons like count duckula, television series such as Buffy the Vampire slayer, the twilight series film version the twilight saga and the ever popular interesting underworld. Other action packed films like the half-breed Blade and Van Helsing.
Ancient beliefs and Appearance
Appearance of vampires
Old depictions of the malevolent spirit showed vampires as dark skinned, bloated, pale, having red bloodshot eyes, in shrouds or torn cloths and long finger nails, the modern depiction are white skinned, bloodshot eyes, cool hair wearing trendy outfits.
Another interesting ability which is not consistent in most movie depictions is the vampire’s ability to shape shift, in some movies they can change into wolves, bats and even black crows. But more modern horror flicks have cancelled this ability.
Ancient civilizations alluded slow decomposing bodies to superstitious beliefs, slow decomposing bodies can be explained scientifically by the chemical composition of the soil or environment the dead might have been buried. Like the case of mummified persons in Egypt or a man who was the victim of ritual sacrifice buried in a moat in old England and was found several decades almost intact.
Ancient beliefs and practices, and folklore have increased the myth of vampires, Asians had vampire legends fashioned against spirit and ghosts like entities while African used shapeshifting tales to explain mythical tales while around the 18th century paranoid superstition of supposed attacks, witch hunting and werewolf attacks were supposedly recorded in Persia further increasing the myth of vampires
Chinese, Malaysians and eastern Europeans also had very different depictions of vampires, but with the common denominator the creature’s insatiable taste for blood.
An actual box from 1890 containing equipment to kill Vampires
To kill a Vampire
How to kill a vampire
Movie science have portrayed vampires vulnerable to certain elements and conditions that could kill them, the movies list of deadly weapons are big wooden stakes, ice, silver, sunlight, special ultra violet light, fire, silver bullets, decapitation and holy water. The cross only temporarily wards of the creature according to books and movies, the vampire could be staked through the mouth, heart, neck.
There are certain methods of warding off vampires that might not be lethal to the undead predator but are considered effective deterrents, some of the method are the liberal use of garlic, mirrors, using sacred items like crucifix and holy water. Consecrated grounds like churches, religious areas, and needs verbal invitation to enter a residence.
Some strange ideas and preventive methods have been deployed in certain ancient cultures to ward of the dead becoming an undead entity, practices such as covering the body in salt, decapitation of dead bodies, dismemberment, placing upside down during burial.
Other methods involve staking the dead body in the heart, binding the corpse in chains, burying a corpse with head between feet, staking with iron rods, incineration through burning, buried with garlic rapped around the corpse and other strange practices.
The myth concerning vampires could have originated from real lifeblood suckers that exist even today, vampire
The insect family
The insect family has some real life vampires some of which are bed bugs, ticks, hair lice and mosquitoes, they all have one thing in common they bite and have a taste for blood. Not all mosquitoes are blood suckers and in fact only the female mosquitoes of certain species are adapted to the vampire life.
The female mosquitoes are certified vampires they feed on nectar and other sugar sources as well as blood; the blood consumed by the mosquitoes is used for its rich source of protein to help incubate the eggs.
They are adequately adapted as predators to seek human and animal blood for this purpose, armed with sophisticated sensory organs the mosquitoes can use carbon dioxide emissions to tract down blood donors.
The mosquitoes can also use visual heat sensors, sight, and other chemical components like sugar to track down a blood meal; most species of mosquitoes do not exceed 17mm in length and could be nocturnal or can feed both night and day. The anopheles Stephens is a notorious bloodsucker; they are highly vulnerable to cold and heat and prefer cool shadowy places to rest.
There are about three thousand identified insects (mosquito) and over two hundred (200) species, the male mosquitoes do not suck blood and feed entirely on nectar, while their vampire wives cause millions of deaths worldwide. Mosquitoes are believed to cause more human deaths than any other creature on earth.
The mosquito is a carrier of deadly diseases like malaria which makes them quite dangerous. Some of the deadly viruses they transmit through their blood feeding habit include the frightening Dengue fiver, yellow fiver and malaria.
Different kinds of vampires
insects and worms
mammal and bird
bird the ox peker
More on mosquitoes
How she bites
The female mosquito’s mouth is made-up of six parts which include mandible, maxillae, hollow hypo pharynx and labium, the saliva like all true vampires have anticoagulant characters so the blood flows freely without coagulating. Sometimes the picking is so rich that they gorge themselves expelling unwanted liquid so they may have more space for seconds.
Life cycle and reproduction
Mosquitoes have compound eyes and can live between six days to two weeks while some species can live up to five weeks, they go through the usual egg, larva and pupa stages the female laying their eggs either in clusters an array or singly on any stagnate fresh water in buckets, bowls, tree hollows, gutters and puddles.
The entire development stage ranges between four to fourteen days. Mosquitoes are segment having head thorax and abdomen with long thin legs they use their proboscis to suck nectar or blood. He female mosquitoes slowly digest blood and are not fast flying insects.
Blood sucking leech on a finger
Some true vampires-leeches, bats, fleas
Leeches are natural born vampires they are called hirudo medicinalis and their classification is clitella a, leeches are hermaphrodites which means they have both male and female organs like their cousins the earthworm. They are segmented but the external features do not correlate with the internal segment.
They number about six hundred and ninety (690) spices of leeches and each one adapted to different habitats such as marine habitat, territorial and the majority of leech’s fresh water vampires.
There anatomy is starkly different from the mosquitoes in that they have two suckers one position on either end, have no visible segmentation, do not possess bristles and can also drink several times their body weight. Most leeches eat decomposed animals or swallow small invertebrate creatures, while some use three angular set of jaws to draw blood.
Leeches also use anticoagulants in their saliva to prevent clotting can drain up to five times their body weight, some are believed to have some anesthetic properties hence the use of leeches in certain medical practices and traditional healers.
Leeches have different shapes and sizes some are conical, cylindrical, flattened, straw shaped and bell shaped, they can be identified by the positioning of their eyes, some have jaws others no jaws some teeth others suckers and their reproductive process is highly complex.
Bats generally are mammals they bear live young and feed them with milk; bats feed on smaller insects like moths, butterflies, ants, cockroaches, fruit juice and nectar while vampire bats have added a taste for blood to the list. The vampire bat uses anticoagulant in its saliva to suck blood from animals including human beings and is native to Latin America, so the chances of encountering one are pretty slim.
There habitat even makes the chances of seeing one remote because they can be found in caves, tree hollow and desolate locations far removed from humans, their natural prey includes cattle, goat and sheep but if the come across humans they will give it a go.
Although the vampire bats bite isn’t harmful they may carry harmful disease that could lead to serious hospitalization and even death if the disease is rabbis.
The flea though tinny is a true vampire, the entire existence of this creature is to suck blood, and the insect is wingless and has long distended legs that are used to propel the creature in a very high acrobatic leap. They pierce the skin when feeding and can cause severe inching and irritable sensation.
Fleas are choosy and each specie has particular preferences, the dog flea prefers dog blood, cat flea, rabbit flea, rat flea likes perching on rats and human flea loves the taste of human blood. Fleas lay close to four thousand eggs which are microscopic and white and they also goes through the egg, larva and pupa stages.
They differ in color from black, red dark red, pink and reddish brown and are believed to be hosts of much disease. There life span is dependent on ideal conditions, without blood they may die pretty quickly within seven days but in good feeding grounds several months.
Types of real life vampires
1 oxpecker bird
2 tribal men
4 vampire bats
6 female mosquitoes
Massai men drinking blood
Human that drinks blood
They are far removed from the mythological vampires, these blood drinkers come from a noble lineage that can be traced back to immigrants from southern Sudan. They are powerful fearless warriors and nomadic in nature.
The Massai tribe can be found in two countries Tanzania and Kenya they are cattle herders with large number of cows, sheep and goats in their flock, they live in government reservation areas alongside frightful predators like lions, tigers and leopards. Though many work in the metropolis, the Massai people still practice ancient traditions along side Christianity.
The Massai people are known for their distended ear lobes, brightly colored outfits, beads, chains and amulets, they favor red clothing’s and like to keep bald shaved heads, their traditional dances involve great leaps in a dance sequence usually while standing side by side.
There blood drinking is done during special occasions and celebrations, they extract the blood through a small incision near the jugular and mix the blood with milk. The concoction is drank during these festivities and is used as a form of medicine.
It is not uncommon to take direct sip of freshly extracted cattle blood. Apart from this blood meal Massai eat maize meals, vegetable, raw and cooked meat.
Vampires come in different shapes and sizes especially in the animal world. We have insect vampires, grubs, worms, human, bugs, birds and bats. They have one thing in common the thirst for blood
The Yellow billed oxpecker
The oxpecker comes from an ancient lineage of birds that have a taste for blood, the can be found in sub Saharan Africa’s open plane lands and wild life sanctuaries, the bird comes in only two spices the red billed ox pecker and the red billed ox pecker. It feeds on ticks that abound on its favorite animal the ox, buffalo and can be found on antelopes and deer.
They also have a taste for blood and open wounds on the animal to drink its blood, the not only feed on ticks they can manage insects and invertebrates.
Vampires are real and they bear no resemblance to the frightening images that have emanated straight from nightmares, the real vampires come in different packages like rare birds, un segmented grubs, tinny insects, flying mammals and tribal human beings and bear little resemblance to our nightmarish fantasies of ghosts and the undead.