The truth about ‘Vampires’

We all are fascinated by vampires. We have seen them in movies, over TV serials ( vampire diaries)  and they are also the subject of countless Vampire books. But are they real or just fiction? while even most Vampire Admirers recognise vampires as fictional being, there was a time when people had real fears about falling prey to these creatures of the night. Long ago, before the days of the emotional debate on the merits of Team Edward vs Team Jacob, people devoted a lot of time and energy to keep their lives safe from these bloodsuckers. These creatures of the night are still having a very real impact on people’s lives today.

This 700-year-old skeleton from Sozopol, Bulgaria, was found with its teeth removed and stabbed through the chest with an iron rod. Scholars suspect that townspeople did this to ward off vampires—a very real fear in Europe for hundreds of years.

Vampires are evil beings who roam the world at night searching for people whose blood they feed upon. Most people associate vampires with Dracula, the legendary, blood-sucking subject of Bram stalkers Epic novel, Dracula. But the history of vampires began long before Stoker was born. There are many characteristics of vampires but the main characteristic of Vampires is they drink human blood, drain their victim’s body using their sharp fangs, killing them and turning them into a vampire. In general, vampires hunt during the night because it is believed that sunlight weakens their powers. They may have the ability to morph into a bat or a wolf. Vampires have super strength and often have hypnotics sensual effect on their victims. People believe that they can’t see themselves in the mirror and cast no shadow. (obviously not according to the Vampire Diaries).

The Myth

Every culture has its own type of Vampire myth, it’s hard to find the exact time, the idea of Vampire was created but to get to the origin of the modern Vampire legend we have to go back to 15 century Romania to Vlad Dracula also known as ‘Vlad the Impaler’. Vlad Dracula was born in Transylvania, Romania he ruled Walachia, Romania, off and on from 1456-1462. Some historians describe him as — yet brutally cruel ruler who valiantly fought off the Ottoman Empire. According to legend, Vlad Dracula enjoyed dining next to his dying victims and dipped his bread in their blood. The truth of these tails is unknown. While Vlad was a killer, he wasn’t a vampire, but he did inspire author Bram Stoker to name his famous vampire character ‘Count Dracula’ In his 1897 book. But, according to Dracula expert Elizabeth Miller, stoker didn’t base “count Dracula’s” life on Vlad Dracula. Nonetheless, the similarities between the two Draculas are intriguing. Throughout the centuries there have been several “Vampire scares” often tried to widespread disease like the European Plague or misunderstood physical deformities. Eric Nuzum in his book posits that people’s belief in vampires helped them define things they didn’t understand and couldn’t explain—namely death and disease.

Are vampires real?

These legends arose from a misunderstanding of how bodies deteriorate. As a corpse’s skin shrinks, its teeth and fingernails can appear to have grown longer. And as internal organs break down, a dark purge fluid can leak out of the nose and mouth. People unfamiliar with this process would interpret this fluid to be blood and suspect that the corpse had been drinking it from the living. The bloody corpse wasn’t the only cause for suspicion. Before people understood how certain diseases spread they sometimes imagine that vampires are behind the unseen forces slowly ravishing their communities. Mark Collins Jenkins writes in his book that trying to kill vampires or prevent them from feeding was a way for people to feel as though they had some control over disease because of this vampires scare tended to coincide with outbreaks of plague. In 2006 archaeologist unearthed a 16-century skull in Venice, Italy that had been buried among plague victims with a Brick in his mouth. the brick was likely a burial tactic to prevent Italian vampires or witches from leaving the grave to eat people. By the 17th and 18th century tales of vampires continue to flourish in Southern Eastern European Nations pop bandit declare that vampires were malicious functions of human fantasy and Hapsburg ruler Maria Theresa condemned Vampire believes as superstition and fraud. Still, anti-vampire efforts continued and perhaps most surprisingly all one of the last big Vampire scares occurred in the 19th century New England two centuries after the infamous Salem witch trials.

An incident!

Mercy was a real person. She lived in Exeter, Rhode Island and was the daughter of George Brown, a farmer.

After George lost many family members, including Mercy, in the late 1800s to tuberculosis, his community used Mercy as a scapegoat to explain their deaths. It was common at that time to blame several deaths in one family on the “undead.” The bodies of each dead family member were often exhumed and searched for signs of vampirism.

When Mercy’s body was exhumed and didn’t display severe decay (not surprising, since her body was placed in an above-ground vault during a New England winter), the townspeople accused her of being a vampire and making her family sick from her icy grave. They cut out her heart, burned it, then fed the ashes to her sick brother. Perhaps not surprisingly, he died shortly thereafter.

The real vampires

people who call themselves vampires do exist. They’re normal-seeming people who drink small amounts of blood in a misguided effort to stay healthy.

Communities of self-identified vampires can be found on the Internet and in cities and towns around the world.To avoid rekindling vampire superstitions, most modern vampires keep to themselves and typically conduct their “feeding” rituals—which include drinking the blood of willing donors—in private.

Some vampires don’t ingest human blood but claim to feed off the energy of others. Many state that if they don’t feed regularly, they become agitated or depressed.

Vampires became mainstream after Dracula was published. Since then, Count Dracula’s legendary persona has been the topic of many films, books and television shows.