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Originally posted by bios
Who jumped the gun?
Children of Judas - An evil clan of vampires found in Serbia, Bulgaria, and Romania, distinguished by their red hair. They are known mainly by oral traditions and are considered the worst of the Balkan undead, the spawn of Judas Iscariot, whose hair was supposedly red. The children of Judas possess the awful power of draining a victim with a single kiss or bite, leaving a scar in the shape of XXX, signifying the thirty pieces of silver given to Judas for betraying Christ.www.izabella-awaken.com...
[2.05] How does one become a vampyre?
- Possessing red hair. This is from Greek Mythology and probably has some roots in the belief that Judas Iscariot was a redhead.
So great is the horror which the act of suicide, although considered admirable in the decadence of Greece and Rome, inspires in every man of sane mind that it, is not at all surprising it should be deemed that the unfortunate wretches who have destroyed themselves become vampires after death. According to the Zoroastrian creed, suicide is a most fearful crime, and is classed among the marg-arzan, the abominable offences. Aristotle in his Ethics, V, xv, terms suicide a sin against the State, and as Cicero tells us Pythagoras forbade men to depart from their guard or sentry-go in life without an order from their commanding-officer, who is God. "Uetatque Pythagoras iniussu imperatoris, id est, dei, de praesidio et statione uitae decedere." (De Senectute, XX, 73). The highest pagan argument against suicide will be found in Plato's Phaedo (61E-62E), but it is drowned in the mighty voice of the great Saint of Hippo, which peals in no unwavering tones down the centuries: "For if it be not lawful for a private man to kill any man, however guilty, unless the law have granted a special allowance for it, theft surely whosoever kills himself is guilty of homicide: and so much the more guilty doth that killing of himself make himself, by how much the more guiltless he was in that cause for which he killed himself. For if the act of Judas be worthily detested, and yet the Truth saith, that by hanging of himself, he did rather augment than expiate the guilt of his wicked treachery, because his despair of God's mercy in his damnable repentance, left no place in his soul for saving repentance; how much more ought he to forbear from being cause of his own death, that hath no guilt in him worthy of such a punishment as death; for Judas in hanging himself, hanged but a wicked man and died guilty, not only of Christ's death, but of his own also; adding the wickedness of being his own death, to that other wickedness of his, for which he died." (De Ciuitate Dei, I, xvii.)
70 Jesus answered them, Have not I chosen you twelve, and one of you is a devil?
71 He spoke of Judas Iscariot the son of Simon: for he it was that should betray him, being one of the twelve. (KJV)
According to Ecclesiastical legend, he belonged to the tribe of Reuben. Before he was born his mother Cyborea had a dream that he was destined to murder his father, commit incest with his mother, and sell his God. The attempts made by her and her husband to avert this curse simply led to its accomplishment. At his birth Judas was enclosed in a chest and flung into the sea; picked up on a foreign shore, he was educated at the court until a murder committed in. a moment of passion compelled his flight. Coming to Judaea, he entered the service of Pontius Pilate as page, and during this period committed the first two of the crimes which had been expressly foretold. Learning the secret of his birth, he, full of remorse, sought the prophet, who, he had heard, had power on earth to forgive sins.
He was accepted as a disciple and promoted to a position of trust, where avarice, the only vice in which he had hitherto been unpractised, gradually took possession of his soul, and led to the complete fulfilment of his evil destiny. This Judas legend, as given by Jacobus de Voragine, obtained no small popularity; and it is to be found in various shapes in every important literature of Europe.
Judas Iscariot was nephew to Joseph Caiaphas and to Zacchaeus. Caiaphas (Haifa) was son-in-law to High Priest Annas, and his brother Simon Kephera (Maggid) was married to the sister of Zachaeus's wife. (James, ANT, 161) Cainites used two books, one called Generations and the other called the Gospel of Judas. (Schneemelcher, NTA, II, 24) Although rejecting the God of Moses, they supported Moses' decision to limit the priesthood to descendants of Aaron (which they were). They sought a higher god, for they thought the God of the Book of Genesis was inferior to the serpent in power. Blood sacrifice such as Cain's sacrifice of Abel was necessary to reach the higher god. At some point, Judas believed Jesus to be the higher God he had sought, the reincarnation of Seth. (Hastings, DOB, IV, 470). Judas had once been a demon-possessed, biting child, and Jesus had healed him. (McBirnie, STA, 240)
Jesus healed Judas of biting others during a fit similar to epilepsy. (McBirnie, STA, 240) On the night that Judas betrayed him, (Hastings, DOB, II, 776) Jesus was asking, "Do you betray me with a bite or a kiss?"
The decaying corpses were often left up for months, it was once reported than an invading Turkish amry turned back in fright when it encountered thousands of rotting corpses impaled on the banks of the Danube. In 1461, Mohammad II, the conqueror od Constantinople, a man not noted for his squeamishness, returned to Constantinople after being sickened by the sight of twenty thousand impaled Turkish prisoners outside of the city of Tirgoviste. This gruesome site is remembered in history as "the Forest of the Impaled
The Order of the Dragon adopted as its symbol in 1408 the image of a circular dragon with its tail coiled around its neck On its back, from the base of its neck to its tail, was the red cross of St George on the background of a silver field With the expansion of the Order