Ok, so first off I must say that I find it quite funny that everyone here has the same tools at there finger tips but choose not to use them. It would
seem that you choose not do research for yourselves, I wonder why? I will compile together all the research that I have personally found while
searching the web concerning this topic, I will also include links. Let me preface this research with my personal thoughts on the topic: the elusive
vampyre is real, I will only attach the links and stories I have found and some ideas for thought but I will not add any personal accounts as to why I
believe they are real.
First off there is lots to talk bout concerning beliefs of how to become a vampire, some of these everyone knows, but I found a couple you might not
have heard of,
Causes of vampirism included: being born with a caul, teeth, or tail, being conceived on certain days, irregular death, excommunication, improper
burial rituals etc.
Other reasons as to the cause of Vampirism include conceiving a child of specific days or being born with teeth or a tail or a caul (a membrane over a
newborn's head). Any child that died before it was baptized risked becoming a Vampire, and the seventh child of the same sex in a family would be a
Vampire. The same fate awaited the child born of a mother who didn't eat salt or a mother who was looked at by a Vampire or a witch during pregnancy.
Excommunication, suspicious and unusual deaths and improper burial rites increased the chances of becoming a Vampire.
In addition to excommunication Greeks believed anyone failing to observe a holy day could become a Vampire. The same belief applied to people
committing serious crimes, those who died alone or a person who ate the meat of a sheep killed by a wolf. If a cat leaped over the grave before
interment the corpse would rise as a Vampire. A corpse would be exhumed three years after burial, and the family would place the bones in a box. Wine
would be poured over them, and a priest would bless the deceased. If the corpse was not decomposed it would be treated as a Vampire.
Someone who'd kept the deceased possessions instead of destroying them according to Gypsy law: got antiques?
Consider if some of these were true I guess you could label me a vampire too, actually probably a good percentage of people in the world.
If you’re interested in your search for the benevolent some days could be more important than others.
Vampires, along with witches, were believed to be most active on the Eve of St George's Day (April 22 Julian, May 4 Gregorian calendar), the night
when all forms of evil were supposed to be abroad. St Georges Day is still celebrated in Europe. St Georges day is has somewhat changed from the day
of the dead, to the story of St George slaying a dragon and saving a princess.
I have read somewhere but cannot find source, that instead of St George killing a dragon it was a Vampyre.
Mythology, historical accounts and published works (up until the Vampire's Kith and Kin Montague Summers 1928 :
Vampyre John Polidori 1819 The First Vampire short story written in the english language, inspired the same night and place as Mary Shelly's
Feast of Blood Varney the Vampyre 1845 The first vampire novel ever written, taken from the penny dreadful serials.
Carmilla J. Sheridan Le Fanu 1872 Carmilla, the first female vamire in gothic literature, one of the works that inspired Bram Stoker.
Dracula's Guest Bram Stoker 1897 A lost chapter that was left out of Bram Stoker's classic Dracula novel, just one question- why was this incredible