Vampires Vs. Werewolves History
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
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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