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Facts about Vampires and
By: / Novice
Post # 1

This is my ode to those who believe that they are vampires and werewolves but most likely dont even know where the myths began. Enjoy.

The Werewolf and Vampire legends and myths are not as most people believe. Werewolves have always been a metaphore for the beast within , the animal instincts that are always present , humans have been afraid of their feral side for centuries , ever since we started to live a more "civilized" life. The belief that is the origin of the werewolf myths is that those whom embrace their feral side , are forever lost to it , driven mad like a bloodthirsty animal , people all over the world tried to find a way to depict it , werewolves of europe are just one example , another is the skinwalker of native american legends (who has to kill his entire family and eat their hearts to gain its powers of transformation in legends).Many people believed that those whom had a hair growth defficiency were either werewolves or a different species of feral humans.

While for the vampire legends ...thats a whole different story , unlike most vampire myths never had things such as you turning into one when you are bitten nordeath by garlic haha. The origin of the modern day vampire myths is in its ancient homeland the Balkan area of eastern europe which mainly accompanies the slavic countries of Romania (in the past known as Valachia) , Serbia , Bulgaria , Macedonia , Croatia and Bosnia. The myth originated in the rural areas of eastern Serbia and western Romania , and also spread like wildfire to the whole area. The word Vampire comes from the slavic language Serbian the original spelling is Vampir , while the commonly known other variant in "vampire lore" is Vampyr which is actualy a mispelling that has been adapted in the late 20th century , it is just an attempt to make Vampir spelled more english since the pronounciation is incredibly simmilar. The Myth started as a notion that the dead (mostly those in non sanctified grave or ones that seek vengeance) would rise up to slay the living and return back to their grave to rest. The people of villages often created hunts for such creatures opening coffins to see shriveled white skin , elongated nails and blood coming out of the mouth during decay. But they believed those were the telltale signs of vampirism , today medicine explained it as the trapped gasses and bodily decay leading to blood coming out of the mouth , skin retracting causing nails to appear longer. They had elaborate ways to stop them from rising again , from driving a stake through their heart , to cutting off the head and putting it underneath their legs to even putting bricks in their mouths and then smashing the jaw on it. Things such as Garlic were meant to protect from vampires in the sense that they would not come near the place where it is hung. Albino or pale skinned people were always a subject of suspicion to as if they are or not vampires. People with tuberculosis also were suspected of vampirism due to them caughting up blood. Later on Bram Stoker went off to use the inspiration of Vlad Draculia Tepes and the myths to create Count Dracula and start todays vampire craze. His work lead to fictional ideas of vampirism being a transmitted disease and an eterenal life.There are other myths of more demonic blood sucking creatures such as the philiphinean Aswang or even in some legends the Rusalki.

I hope this information helps you understand the common mistake most people make.

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Re: Facts about Vampires and
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Post # 2

Great post Sillieh!

If I may add:

For some reason (to me unknown why) it was believed that people who died suddenly and violently, like in an accident, were more prone to turn into vampires. They were therefore buried face-down in their coffins, so that if they rose again, they would dig the wrong way. When later exhumed to see if they had actually become vampires, people would find blood on and in the mouth of the deceased, and a stomach filled with blood. This was simply due to gravity naturally forcing the blood down to the stomach and mouth when buried face-down.

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Re: Facts about Vampires and
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Post # 3
This is excellent research. Sadly, some people will ignore it and still claim to be vampires/werewolves/mermaids/daleks/cylons/goauld/whatever else their imagination will cook up. Sometimes stupid is as stupid does.
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Re: Facts about Vampires
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Post # 4
I find this very well put. Even though people may still not believe some may see it and spread it around.
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Re: Facts about Vampires and
By: / Novice
Post # 5

Hopefully , writing all of it for nothing is a waste xD

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Re: Facts about Vampires and
By: Moderator / Knowledgeable
Post # 6
It is also worth noting that most historical examples of "werewolf" attacks run consistent with the effects of rabies on a human, or similar diseases that impact the mind. As the medieval/ancient mind had no deep understanding of how these illnesses and infections could impact the manner in which we think and act, it was generally attributed to a supernatural affliction - lycanthropy, or being a werewolf.
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Re: Facts about Vampires and
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Post # 7
Well, we could try this. Anyone wanting info on this, we'll just send them here. Maybe we can educate these ones that want to know the truth. Hopefully, it'll get through to, at least, some of them. Good job! Blessings!
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Re: Facts about Vampires and
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Post # 8
I wonder how people justify themselves to be these creatures? It kind of interest me to find out what in their mind makes them believe that they are something else. ???
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Re: Facts about Vampires and
By: Moderator / Adept
Post # 9
jung and freud had theories on that


http://www.danieljbishop.ca/Moral%20Relativism%20and%20the%20Vampire%20Mythology.pdf
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Re: Facts about Vampires and
By: / Beginner
Post # 10
Okay so there were very superstitious people long ago and yes they thought vampires were real and they were right!
Not talking about dracula here but something much worst.These poor people had pale skins,lacked blood,and there gums were pulled up making it appear as if they had fangs.
This is a disorder that is now known as Porphyria also known as vampire disease.
These people are sick and cannot help it they also have a sensitivity to light.
The people out there who claim to be vampires are insulting.They are have perfectly good health while people who truly suffer from
Porphyria are truly ill.
You may check this site outhttp://thefictionalcloset.webs.com/ I wrote a brief summary on vampires,lycans and witches.Seperating fiction from reality.
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