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Vampires Vs. Werewolves History

Updated on October 18, 2014
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Holding a complete fascination with vampires and werewolves, Kitty enjoys writing about the undead in their many forms in folklore.

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The Legends of Vampires and Werewolves & Our Search For Truth

The belief in vampires and werewolves dates back centuries, some believe even thousands of years. With the current obsession with vampires and werewolves, many people are in search or curious to find out what the history behind vampires and werewolves could uncover about these legendary figures. Are vampires and werewolves real? Do vampires and werewolves fight one another as modern-day filmmakers would have us believe, or do they know each other at all? Is there truly a vampires vs. werewolves history just waiting to be discovered?

We will examine all of these questions in this article. We will compare and contrast the vampires vs. werewolves history and in the end find out how similar or different vampires and werewolves truly are. Fasten your Bible-belt and garlic necklace, check your pockets for silver bullets....and, we're off!

Vampires vs. Werewolves: Vampires History

In writing my last article on Vampires History, I had a person contact me to say that my vampires history was incorrect and that they would set the record straight; however, I waited for the record to be set straight and never received any information to prove otherwise. That being said, I will tell you the brief version of Vampires History as I've come to know it.

The belief in vampires most likely dates back to Biblical times...or even before Biblical times. If we travel back in time to the lands of Assyria and Babylon (what is now a part of what we call the Middle East), we will find that there were beliefs in evil spirits that supposedly fed off life of human beings in the form of sucking blood. This belief in evil spirits could have been the beginning of vampires as we know them today. The stories and legends of Lilith are thought to tie into ancient evil spirits, or Lilith's offspring, that fed off of humans' blood and lifeforce. Lilith was supposedly Adam's first wife (Adam from the Bible) that rebelled against him and ended up mating with fallen angels...and some believe that her offspring were the first vampires. But, this is just one theory.

Throughout the Dark Ages and Medieval Times, many brutal killers thrived throughout Europe, including Vlad the Impaler and Countess Bathory. These killers were said to have a lust for blood and many believe that these two specific killers were also vampires. Vlad the Impaler came to be known later as Vlad Dracula, and was spun into the tale written by Bram Stoker. Whether Vlad the Impaler and Countess Bathory were actually vampires, we might never know; however, they have been an integral part of vampires history for centuries.

In Colonial Times there were vampire hunters and vampire hunting crazes, specifically in New England...the same area where witch hunts were also popular. Witches and vampires were said to be linked and both of the devil, which means they had to be friends or co-workers, right? But what about werewolves and vampires? Were they friends or mortal enemies? Did vampires use werewolves to guard their coffins during the day or were werewolves not subservient to vampires at all?

Who Would Win? Vampires vs. Werewolves

Werewolves History

The legend of the werewolf is believed to have started before Biblical times in the land of Sumeria. There is a text known as the Epic of Gilgamesh, in which the main character shapeshifts into a werewolf. Could this be the first account of the werewolf or of a shapeshifter? It very well could be, and believe it or not...this would make the belief in werewolves or shapeshifters older than the legend of vampires! So...that's one point for the werewolves.

Other legends of werewolves or shapeshifters have been passed down through Native American tribes. The "skin walkers" is a legend of popularity in the Carolinas. You can read about the entire story of the skin walkers written by Crazyhorsesghost by clicking here. The idea of skin walkers was that these were human beings that could shift into a different creature entirely...or what we call "werewolves". The legends of shapeshifting among the Native Americans has been quite prevalent through the ages, and ranges from shapeshifting into wolves to shapeshifting into coyotes and also ravens. Could the legends told by the Native Americans of "shapeshifters" actually be about werewolves?

During the Dark Ages, and what modern Pagans call the "Burning Times", many women and children were hunted down and killed in Europe...accused of being "witches". Believe it or not, some of them were even accused of being werewolves, as well. This belief, the legend of werewolves and the werewolves history, was more popular in the northern European countries and border countries such as Estonia. One particular story of a werewolf that was put on trial involved a man named Hans. The man was accused of being a witch, and having the ability to shapeshift into a werewolf at night. Apparently he confessed (after being tortured or bribed or both) to shapeshifting into a wolf and taking a part of "the hunt".

Knowing the in depth werewolves' history, has the battle between vampires and werewolves ever existed in text or legends? Unfortunately, none that I have ever heard or read. But that's not to say that the legends didn't intertwine in some regions. But the main question here is, who would win in a battle of vampires vs. werewolves?

As strong and cunning as the vampires seem, my opinion is truly that the werewolves could overtake the vampires any day. In sheer body size and strength...the werewolves would beat the vampires.

In vampires vs. werewolves history, both legendary figures' histories are intriguing and riddled in mystery. Did werewolves ever exist? What about vampires? Do they both still exist today...in hiding? Or do they walk among us, every day?

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    Gadfly 

    5 months ago from Olde London Towne

    Greetings Darklings.

    Alas, there is no Highgate vampyre in that North London cemetry however a nearby abandoned railway tunnel is home to a thriving bat colony.

    Sweet dreams.

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    MIRWISE KHAN 

    7 months ago from Islamabad, Pakistan

    ye nice

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    Nicole Canfield 

    10 months ago from Summerland

    If you watch Lore on Amazon, they discuss some old pieces of folklore that most people don't know about. Werewolves are one of them...pretty good show!

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    Gadfly 

    10 months ago from Olde London Towne

    As we progress(?) into the digital 'cyberspace age', it seems we are losing our folklore to a non traditional theme. In the case of the Werewolves not since the days of Wolfman Jack when we had Warren Zevon's 1977 Werewolf of London or John Landis' An American werewolf in London have we heard anything at all.

  • kittythedreamer profile imageAUTHOR

    Nicole Canfield 

    10 months ago from Summerland

    Gadfly - I understand certain traditions have initiatory rites that have deep meanings; however, I am one to believe that fear and humiliation should not be a part. That's totally my opinion, however. Thanks for sharing!

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    Gadfly 

    10 months ago from Olde London Towne

    Wicca in the Alexandrian tradition, but i was not initiated.

    Next i was contacted by Servants of the Light however a clairvoyant advised me not to procede with that. Finally i settled for Dion Fortune's Order of the Golden Dawn as a solo practicioner.

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    Nicole Canfield 

    10 months ago from Summerland

    Gadfly - What kind of coven was this?

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    Gadfly 

    10 months ago from Olde London Towne

    My initiation into 'the craft' was to undergo firstly fear and then humiliation in front of the coven. The fear aspect was to spend a night in the cellar (euphamisticly known as the dungeon). Though nothing happened, i have never been so terrified just at being down there.

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    Gadfly 

    2 years ago from Olde London Towne

    Greetings my little Darklings.

    The quandary over 'werewolves' is the fact that they exist in the in the folklore of practically every continent. At least where the wolf was prevalent or before becoming extinct. In the 1944 Hollywood motion picture 'Cry of the werewolf' we are introduced to the female werewolf portrayed by the sultry screen siren Nina Foch as a Romany Queen with a parallel life. Woe be tired any outside of her tribe who learns the ghastly secret.

    Sweet dreams

    The gadfly

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    Gadfly 

    4 years ago from Olde London Towne

    Greetings my little Darklings

    i believe the werewolf legend stems from another entity in folklore namely 'the ogre'. Primitive mankind may have recalled in their living memory the Neanderthal subspecies to be akin to our 'bogey man'.

    sweet dreams!

    the gadfly

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    Gadfly 

    4 years ago from Olde London Towne

    Greetings my little Darklings

    The urban myth of the Highgate cemetary Vampyre has emerged again with sightings by daring night visitors adament they have seen the spectre. Open minded on this!

    Sweet dreams

    the gadfly

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    baggins 

    4 years ago

    I believe that reptilian vampires came to earth long ago and enslaved their genetic engeneered humans for food and labour and werewolves or shapshifters where the guardian spirits sent to protect us from the vamps who sit in royalty today and that is why the vamps wrote the bible the way it is to turn the masses against the ancient shamanic pagan people we all where once killing our spiritual heeling mothers and protective fathers by calling them witches and werewolves which hit its peak during the dark ages just an idea think god backwords spells dog and dogs are humanitys true best friends and is also a domestic wolf and a werewolf is half wild animal and half domestic human also the cold blooded vampire could be a cold blooded reptilian makes some sort of sense maybe

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    AlessoBitahnii 

    4 years ago

    Werewolves are very much known in the southwest tribes, and would change/transform into big wolves (not as big as twilights wolves but big) when defending their territory against other tribes or invaders. Still practiced in ceremony today. These tribes have clan with animal symbols that are kept sacred, the wolves, the bears, the cougars, the wolverine, etc. And it is known they don't need a full moon to turn, nor the night. It's been they go hand in hand with their clan creature and are born not made. They can't 'Transform' anyone into a shapeshifter, or wolf because if your born with the gene, you have it and its only for you. Elders said that the Spanish would have wanderers (vampires, rogue maybe) that were blood thirsty and kidnapped, killed and slaughtered families. But they managed to fight back, and won (no Spanish settlements in middle of the Arizona/New Mexico border or in the Navajo Nation territories.

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    TuscaroraRain 

    4 years ago

    Vlad was not a vampire. The people whose blood he drank had killed his dad. The Bible talks about the life of the flesh being in the blood. I believed Vlad was trying to get revenge by drinking his dad's killers life force. It is as though he was trying to do to those nobles what they did to his dad. I also believe his gift may have been from God in order to protect Romania. I could be very wrong about a lot of this, but that is my opinion. We do not see him drinking the blood of random people.

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    smfmystery 

    4 years ago

    While people may believe in vampire and werewolf legends, my reasearch strongly suggests that they both originate from areas were rabies is endemic. Many symptoms indicative of rabies also characterize vampires and werewolves. Incubation time, for example, can take as long as a year following a bite from a wolf or a bat, both notorious carriers of rabies in the middle east and Europe at one time.. Being unable to scientifically explain the disease, those in the past embelished just a tad to come up with the movie versions so famous today.

    Hans was a psychopath.

    You can't kill a vampire with a silver bullet. According to legend, you have to catch it in it's lair by day, stuff it's mouth with wolf bane, cut it's head off, and drive a stake made of the right kind of wood through it's heart. Werewolves are killed with silver bullets at close range because silver contributes to the inaccuracy of any shot due to it's physical properties.

    There are real vampire bats and they infect other bats that over winter with them.

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    claire 

    5 years ago

    iii like vamps to win because after ur eating people da time ur naked

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    SOUL 

    5 years ago

    Also... Paganism and Werewolves both 'shift' according to, and just as, the moon 'shapeshifts'. Whereas the main focus of Christianity and Vampires is the sun (Son), which does not 'shapeshift'. Not to mention, Judas Iscariot is said to have aided in the death of Jesus, (by 'crucifix'), for 30 pieces of 'silver'. Just as it is said that one can kill a Vampire with 'silver' bullets and repel them with a 'crucifix'.

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    Nicole Canfield 

    5 years ago from Summerland

    WOW, Soul. Seriously....VERY interesting. I never thought of that but you've definitely got my wheels a'turning now!

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    SOUL 

    5 years ago

    Seems to me that this subject may have some symbolic implications in regards to the age old battle of Christianity vs Paganism. Christianity being the Vampires (the symbolic blood drinking and flesh eating ritual of the Eucharist a.k.a. Communion) and Paganism being the Werewolves (the nature dwelling aspect as well as the Native "wearing" of wolf heads and skins. Hence, Werewolves or "WearWolves". I'm not 100% sure of the accuracy of any part of this comment, but felt it was a very intriguing point of view. :)

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    shah G 

    5 years ago

    I DON'T KNOW ABOUT ENGLISH'

    but what u think vampire's happened?

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    Nicole Canfield 

    5 years ago from Summerland

    Hadn't heard of him. Crazy!

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    Nick1305 

    5 years ago

    Did you see the guy with the last name garnier in Europe he killed many children and women claiming to be a werewolf crazy cause that's my last name

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    tyler 

    5 years ago

    i wish i could be a werewolf id be kind a cool but the one where i could choose when i want to turn

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    Odinson 

    5 years ago

    @kittythedreamer-I was surprised to see that you didn't include the old eastern European belief that one who is a werwolf impure, becomes a vampirecafter death....also, you got a nice "Tori Amos" thing goin on...your hot, mama...

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    Nicole Canfield 

    6 years ago from Summerland

    Thanks, kittycat! Love your name. ;)

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    kittycat 

    6 years ago

    wolf person i know a couple of friends that are werewolves

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    Ian 

    6 years ago

    Is to nite a full moon couase if it is you should be running from me to nite!

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    TheBudness 

    6 years ago from Appalachia

    Interesting article. You should check out Harry Senn's work on werewolves and vampires.

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    D Berger 

    6 years ago

    Well I have clearly sided with werewolves! The lure of man vs beast / beast vs beast is fun to read & watch.

    Check out my book "WOLF HOOD" http://bit.ly/wVBPlZ

    BTW nice blog VvsW

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    wolf person 

    6 years ago

    well you may get to see one even. im a werewolf but i hardly transform.

    and this is not a lie cause i know werewolves across the us

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    wolf person 

    6 years ago

    well they are cause im a werewolf and im not lying like all these people are cause the werewolf powers are a little hard to control but the transformation is usually instant our you get dizzy but be aware of what lurks out there

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    Nicole Canfield 

    6 years ago from Summerland

    I do! :)

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    wolf person 

    6 years ago

    hmm think werewolves are real hmm.

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    Nicole Canfield 

    6 years ago from Summerland

    Thanks, KrissyKat!

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    KrissyKat 

    6 years ago

    This is really interesting. I myself have always loved to read about vampires and werewolves. Its always been fascinating to me. I am writing a book with my older sister 'bout vampires and werewolves. And this helps me some. So thank you!

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    Nicole Canfield 

    6 years ago from Summerland

    Lisa - Yes, quite interesting, isn't it? The boy Hans actually ended up killing himself I believe...Thanks for reading and blessings!

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    Lisa 

    6 years ago from WA

    I never knew that people were ever put on trial and accused of being a werewolf. This is is a very interesting article. I've always been fascinated by vampires and werewolves, especially when it comes to their history and origins.

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    Nicole Canfield 

    6 years ago from Summerland

    Melissa - You know what? I'm not sure that I've ever read that vampires have super-human strength...at least not in older texts or history. Good point! Thanks!

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    Melissa McClain 

    6 years ago from Atlanta, GA

    Very interesting. Has there historically been any reference to vampires having super-human strength and abilities like they do in True Blood? If so then I'd say the odds would be even in a vampires vs werewolves scenario. Entertaining food for thought. Voted Up!

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