posted on Jul, 3 2003 @ 10:40 PM
Thanx for the insight Valhall.
Here's some legend old myth I came across about the history of Vampires.
The history of the vampire begins In ancient Persia, where a vase was discovered depicting a man struggling with a huge creature which is trying to
suck his blood. Then, in Babylonian myth a deity known for drinking the blood of babies, Lilitu or "Lilith", was discovered. She was reputedly the
first wife of Adam according to old Hebrew texts removed from the Old Testament, and left her husband due to his sexual ineptitude, becoming the Queen
of Demons and Evil spirits. In China during the 6th century BC, traces of the "Living Dead", or revenants as they are known, were also found. More
legends continued throughout all the world, including India, Malaysia, Polynesia and the lands of the Aztecs and Eskimos. According to the Aztecs, the
offering of a young victims blood to the Gods ensured the fertilization of the earth. But truly, the vampire proper originates from European
civillization...ancient Greece to begin with. There were numerous bloodthirsty Goddesses in both Roman ang Greek mythology, known as Lamiae, Empusae
and Striges. These names eventually evolved into the general terms for Witches,Demons and Vampires. But these Vampires, though they do drink blood,
were only Goddesses...not "living Dead", but disembodied divinities capable of taking on human appearances so that they might seduce their victims.
As time passed on, and Christianity grew in popularity, the redemptive value of blood became apparant. Holy Communion, which includes drinking wine
symbolizing Christ's blood and Bread symbolizing his flesh was at times taken quite literally. Some people, confusing pagan beliefs with
transubstantiation (the actualy presence of Christ's flesh and blood during Communion) took part in feasting on human flesh and drinking human blood.
During the 11th Century, witches and doctors alike prescribed virgin blood to cure all illnesses. Also during this time, some corpses found intact all
over Europe began a huge vampire scare. The belief came about that people who died without a chance to receive last rites,or those who had commited
suicide or had been excommunicated were destined to return to the earth as revenants. Various accounts of the discovery of Vampires can be read in
books such as The Diabolical Dictionary (Dictionnaire Infernal) by the Bishop of Cahors; the Courtiers Triflings(De Nugis Curialium) by Walter Map,
and the History of England(Historia Rerum Anglicarum) written by William of Newburgh. The phenomenon of Vampirism continued through the Renaissance
era only sporadically, but again grew to epidemic proportions in the 14th Century, mainly in central European Regions of Prussia, Silesia and Bohemia.
The bubonic plague was thought to be the work of Vampires and panic of infection led people to bury their dead without completely verifying that they
were truly deceased. It was then no wonder that so many encounters of Vampires rising from their graves during this time were noted. A person, buried
alive, would try to claw his way out of the grave and would be discovered covered in blood from the wounds he had inflicted upon himself by doing so.
This, of course, would label him as a vampire.