Mystery of Vampires - Are they Real?

by WriterArtist

Vampires are creatures from folklores surviving on the vitals of human beings. They come from the realm of undead and feared upon because they suck blood.

All of us have heard about the Vampire, Count Dracula from Bram Stoker’s novel in 1897. We also know the series of Dracula Movies in Hollywood based on the novel. It reminds us of the spine chilling character of Dracula. The idea of Vampire was spawned by various novels like “The Vampyre” by John Polidori & Joseph Sheridan La Fanu’s Carmilla. Many films, shows and games about Vampires have taken inspiration from these novels. Now there are countless books on Vampires.

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Notion of Vampirism

The term Vampire has macabre, occult, superstition and horror connotations. Needless to say they are fictional entities and not real. Notion of Vampirism has been there for millennia. All cultures like mesepotamians, Hebrews, Greeks and Romans had tales of demons and spirits which were versions of modern day Vampires. Idea of Vampire originates from literature of many European Countries like United Kingdom, France, Germany and elsewhere.

Vampires from Folklore

Originally from Folklore, Vampires are perceived to be undead creatures which feed off a living creature, generally by sucking its blood. Vampire’s diet is human blood. They are believed to be animated corpses revived from death of evil beings, witch and suicide victims to haunt the living. They can also be products of a Vampire biting a corpse or a malevolent processing of corpse.

Origin of Vampires

Vampires - Are they Real?

 

Vampires are not in the realm of the living. They are kind of neither here nor there. They are thought to visit their neighbourhoods when they lived and brought to cause mischief, harm and death. They are depicted as wearing shrouds, bloated and purplish or dark in appearance. Existence of Vampire is a matter of belief system in various cultures, but it can cause mass hysteria and even execution of innocent people believed to be the incarnation of vampires. Ignorance of decomposition cycle after death is mainly responsible for the belief system.

Appearance of Vampire

Unfolding the mythical Vampire

 

Vampires also figure in the North American, South American, Indian and Asian Folklore. The commonality in all belief systems is Vampires’ thirst for blood. Sterling o Blivion a 20th century vampire character drinks blood to become and remain young and attractive for eternity. Mr Smith of “Blood Brother” is disgusted with his compulsive blood sucking and the cruel acts he commits but says he is helpless and has an uncontrollable urge to do what he does. Count Chocula on pre-sweetened cereal or Bunnicula the vampire draining the juices from the vegetables would be Children’ favourite Vamapire characters.

Unfolding the mystery of Vampires

Interesting Vampires in novels

 Adults might mention Count Erotica, a sexy female vampire. Count Dracula is the quintessential Vampire par excellence, dark brooding, powerful and sensual. Dracula is an attractive figure unlike the vampires in the folklore and has entered the popular imagination of people. It resembles a bat more than a human being. Mariam Beautiful, cultured and intelligent is another attractive Vampire character. From the 1981 book The Hunge, Elizabeth Bathory of Hungary. Mercy Brown of Rhode Island and Baobahn Sith of Scottish literature are also popular Vamparic names.

Halloween Vampires

 

Vampire along with ghosts, ghouls, witches, spirits are part of the horror genre used during Halloween. Perhaps it is the thirst for dark, gory appetite of humans that has given rise to vampire.

The rational and the scientific world do not recognise the existence of Vampire. Despite this they continue to live on in artistic works and folklore. Incidentally anti drone missile of USA is called Vampire.

Updated: 09/07/2022, WriterArtist
 
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DerdriuMarriner 18 days ago

Thank you, Frank, for the reference to your Croglin vampire wizzley!

I've found it and started reading and supplying questions for you to answer ;-D!

DerdriuMarriner 18 days ago

Thank you for the reference to the Supernatural series!

The library system here has among its Blu-ray and DVD collections the series through the 13th season even as it appears from online information that there are seasons 14 and 15.

I have wondered about the series and, what with your opinion and the reasons for it, will begin checking the series out.

frankbeswick 19 days ago

Can I remind you that on Wizzley there is an article on the Croglin vampire.

WriterArtist 19 days ago

Frankly speaking, I require courage to watch such gory movies. The closest serial that I have seen on ghosts/vampires is 'Supernatural'. I liked it because of the gentlemen who played leading roles - brothers Sam & Dean. Nosferatu seems to be an old movie that did not come across while researching for vampires. However, since you have mentioned, it must be an interesting, exciting product of yesteryears.

DerdriuMarriner 19 days ago

The film Nosferatu the Vampyre directed by Werner Herzog comes the closest to being a favorite film/folkloric treatment of blood-drinking themes, which I stay away from.

The characters and the details merge into an unsettling ensemble that nevertheless is not so scary that I want to stop the film, turn off the television or walk out of the theater.

The film must have had quite an impact when it was released in 1979.

In fact, the ensemble presents a respect for cultural and historical authenticity apart the implied blame to China and India for plague-proliferating rats when it was actually Europe that spread the plague. (Lakshmikanthan Anandavalli, The Black Death in Medieval India: a Historical Mystery, at the Medievalists net website)

Would you happen to have seen this Herzog remake of the horrifying 1922 film anglicized as Nosferatu: A Symphony of Horror by Friedrich Wilhelm Murnau?

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