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Note about vampyres and vampires: As stated in the vampire / vampyre menu, we use the term "vampyres" to refer to a real phenomenon involving real people. We use "vampire" to refer to imaginary mythical creatures who mainly inhabit horror movies and other works of imaginative fiction. This notation is used by some in the vampyre/vampire community, but its use is far from a consensus.
Separating Myths from Facts in Vampire: The Requiem. Where does Vampire's mythology diverge from popular belief?
Where do the conceits ring true? History: History of Vampires. RARE DISEASE PROPOSED AS CAUSE FOR 'VAMPIRES' LOS ANGELES, May 30— Werewolves and vampires, those dreaded beasts of folklore and superstition, may have been nothing more than people suffering from a rare class of genetic diseases, a scientist suggested here today.
Dr. David H. Real-Life Vampires: Who Are They? With their cloaks aflutter and their fangs flickering in the moonlight, thousands of vampires will take to the streets tonight.
Along with masquerading witches and warlocks, they'll knock on doors, nosh away at bite-size candy bars or guzzle a beer or two at a friend's party. But Anshar Seraphim, 28, doesn't have any special Halloween plans and has no intention of throwing on a plastic Dracula suit. Maybe it's because dressing like a vampire one day a year isn't anything special when it's who you believe you are for all 365 of them. "My personal belief: Vampirism is an inexplicable part of science that we don't understand yet," Seraphim said. "I don't know if the things that cause it to exist are chemical. The History of Vampires - The Untold Story. Until recently, we didn't know a lot about the history of vampires.
Early Vampires: Lamastu and Lilith. Nobody knows when people came up with the first vampiric figures, but the legends date back at least 4,000 years, to the ancient Assyrians and Babylonians of Mesopotamia.
Mesopotamians feared Lamastu (also spelled Lamashtu), a vicious demon goddess who preyed on humans. In Assyrian legend, Lamastu, the daughter of sky god Anu, would creep into a house at night and steal or kill babies, either in their cribs or in the womb. Believers attributed sudden infant death syndrome and miscarriage to this figure. Lamastu, which translates to "she who erases," would also prey on adults, sucking blood from young men and bringing disease, sterility and nightmares. Why We Love Vampires: The Psychology Behind the Obsession
Charming, elegant, and downright sexy, vampires have been the monster-of-choice for... well, ever.
In looking at the psychology of vampires, these are the top ten reasons they are so fascinating: 1. Vampires are loners, but not lonely. Often people feel alienated, feel special, different, misunderstood at some point in their lives. This is a feeling a child as well as an adolescent can experience: Will you be accepted or rejected by the group or team? 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. Vampires. The vampire myth has evolved from early times from stories or legends of the undead based upon rumour and ignorance - from voodoo in the Caribbean to sects in Europe.
These early myths then grew and incorporated more legends from other cultures. Ignorance of rare medical conditions and decomposition seem to be the key components in all vampire cultures and myths. Origins. Origins of Belief in Vampires. Vampires Among Us and Real Bloodsuckers One modern variation on the vampire legend is the "psychic vampire.
" These modern vampires claim that they crave psychic energy from others and have the power to drain it without the person's knowledge. Psychic vampires typically attempt to drain life-force energy through meditation and concentration. If they do not feed, they say, they will become weak as if they had not eaten.
According to some believers, this sort of vampire has been around for thousands of years. In many modern movies and books, vampires can take the form of a vampire bat, a real animal that feeds on blood. Vampiric shape-shifters go back thousands of years, but the particular connection to vampire bats is fairly recent. Vampirism, Vampyrism and Vampire Cults. Count Dracula - Dracula. Count Dracula is the character of darkness that frightened millions of people, taking the myth of vampire to an unprecedented level in modern arts.
Dracula (also known as Nospheratu) sums our fears in a bloody supernatural vampire. The Count Dracula first appears in literature in a novel written in 1897 by an Irish author - Bram Stoker, named Dracula, in which he is the famous vampire character. Bela Lugosi (aka Dracula) Nobody knows why Bram Stoker chose this fifteenth century Romanian prince as a model for his fictional character. Some scholars have proposed that Stoker had a friendly relationship with a Hungarian professor from the University of Budapest, Arminius Vambery (Hermann Vamberger) , and it is likely that this man gave Stoker some information about Vlad Tepes Dracula. There are not many similarities between the book character and the historical one. Vlad the Impaler Germanic illustration. Defining Dracula: A Century Of Vampire Evolution. Vampire. An undead that rises from the grave during the night to drink the blood of the living in order to stay "alive".
Generally the word "undead" refers to a creature that should be dead but is still active within the realm of the living.