You Wanna Be A Vampire?

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You Wanna Be A Vampire?
Post # 1

Hey there you... yes, you want to be a vampire? Well, reading this might change your mind!

Vampires of medieval lore were HUMANS with some very serious problems.

The true vampires of these legends had the following:

  • Rabies
  • Porphyria

To explain:

  • Rabies makes one very vicious (the biting of the neck: animal instinct to kill)
  • Rabies makes one very afraid of water (hence the "Holy Water" remedy)
  • Rabies makes one isolate themselves from the general population (vampires living in forest and what not)
  • Porphyria is a disorder that causes one's skin to be extremely flaky and pale, therefore giving easy sunburn (why vampires were "burned" by daylight and why they were "creatures of the night")
  • Rabies causes one to be afraid, this is why the vampires had to be "invited in", once they were inside, the disease made them paranoid and on animal instinct...attack!
  • Rabies is contracted via the bite (why a person who was "bitten by a vampire" became a vampire)
  • Rabies accesses the adrenal glands during a rage, thus giving why vampires were unable to be killed via "normal" means

As time went on, more and more stuff was added to the "list" of vampiric qualities. Now, as for vampires and bats:

  • Bats are known for their carriage of the Rabies disease
  • Bats are active at night
  • These people with Porphyria went out at night to not get sunburn
  • If the had to walk through the forest, there would probably be bats around
  • A bat carrying Rabies would bite this poor soul and thus give him Rabies
  • Rabies does not act instantly, therefore caused the "gradual change" in the person

Garlic and vampires:

"Garlic" specifically does not repel Rabid animals. Now, how does it "repel" the undead vampire? Well, mosquito bites have long been associated with sucking blood and spreading disease. Garlic has long been a folk remedy for mosquito bites. Both vampires and mosquitoes suck the blood; therefore, it was easy for this to just transfer smoothly over to a vampiric remedy.

The Steak into the heart and vampires:

As previously states, Rabies will access the victims adrenal glands, causing them to gain greater strength and endurance; however, if the heart is stabbed through, no amount of adrenaline can keep the person alive. Chopping off the head of a "vampire" would work just as well, as well as dismembering it, or any other serious injuries.

The cross and the vampire:

More symbolic than an actuality. The Cross in Christianity and the Vampire have two things in common: everlasting life. Now, the Cross is the complete rejectance of self for eternal life. The Vampire is the opposite: total self-hood for eternal life. The Cross is supposed to overcome the Vampire symbolically because the act of selflessness overcome the act of selfishness. Now, chances are that unless "Divine Intervention" was offered to some "Believe" under attack from one of these Rabid, Porphyria humans, it would not work. This paves way to the idea that "Undying Faith" is needed to stop a Vampire with a Cross. The idea is that if it doesn't work (which it probably will NOT), you simply didn't have enough "Faith".

There are a multitude of other remedies, but that is all I shall explain. Each remedy is something that would either repel a normal human, is symbolic, or repels the disease/disorder that a "vampire" has.

The idea of vampires being immortal stems back to the fact that sometimes a human would be buried in the medieval days without the organs being removed. If a grave was dug up and the coffin open, "blood would be seen around the mouth" and "the hair and fingernails could be seen to have been growing". The answer to this is simple: bacteria that decompose cause the body to bloat, and thus blood to flow out of the mouth. It has been proven that for a certain period after death, the hair and fingernails continue to grow.

So kids...are you still sure you want to be a vampire? I sure do hope not!

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Re: You Wanna Be A Vampire?
Post # 2
how can you be sure that even most of the folklore of medieval time were just humans and most bats stray or flee from humans when they are disturbed also in most of the folklore i read garlic "repels" vamps cause it would cause a allergic reaction to them and i dont think even humans like to have allergic reactions to them also most vamp lore dont see them in a rage for blood so the rabies theory would be wrong
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Re: You Wanna Be A Vampire?
Post # 3
Don't forget the fact that the human stomach can't digest blood and it will only make you sick. ;)
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Re: You Wanna Be A Vampire?
Post # 4
well a human stomack can digest blood for a little while but in large quantities it can be toxic cause of the toxics in the blood
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Re: You Wanna Be A Vampire?
Post # 5

@Wulf: That was not folklore that said they were humans, itis modernscience! lol Bat will flee from humans, BUT in the forest, they travel inlarge groups, and any bats that flew into a walking human would bite them out of fear. I have never heard that theory on garlic causing an allergic is possible that in a few of the vampire tales of olde, one of these deranged persons was allergic to garlic and someone happened to be putting up all they could find as a repelant to their attacker; garlic just "happened" to work and so they told their friends and the "legend" got started. And yes, in olden medieval tales they DO rage for blood. They could easily be seen as a rabid person.

@Bard: Notice that in my post I never said that they drank blood. The concept was simply that, due to the nature of them biting the neck, but the person still living.

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Re: You Wanna Be A Vampire?
Post # 6

The drinking of the blood is another myth. The person would simply bite the neck (go-for-the-kill instinct) and keep biting. After they finished they left. The blood would be on their teeth and welled up around the bite marks, thus causing the other person to think they "drank" his blood. The disease was spread, and thus the change began to start.

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Re: You Wanna Be A Vampire?
Post # 7

Also, whenever I said that they "DO rage for blood", please note that this was public opinion. The post just previous to this clarifies what that meant.

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Re: You Wanna Be A Vampire?
Post # 8
It's not really toxins, the stomach just literally can't handle it. That's why it's bad to tilt you head back if you have a nose bleed. You can also experience vomiting blood after some surgeries because of the blood flowing into the stomach.
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Re: You Wanna Be A Vampire?
Post # 9

Well anyway, digest or no digest, this article was to sum up what vampires really were.

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Re: You Wanna Be A Vampire?
Post # 10
how can modern science tell whats what in the past you cant use MODERN science in the past,also most bats, actually, alot of the bats dont even drink blood really vampire bats do but they are small and drink the blood of animals and if you were in a forest and ran into alot of bats they would fly away then bite you and in the medieval age people had no flash lights so they have to use fire and bats wont go near fire and there are many folklore bout garlic working so according to you there had to be alot of coincidences for what you said to be true and not all vamps in medieval days go into blood rage
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