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There are many origins of the "Vampire Youth Culture" we are going to stick to the main ones. Countess Elizibeth Bathory, Vlad the Impaler, Porphyria, Bloodbathing, Dracula, Nosferatu, Satan, Lucifer, The Devil The Plague, The Triumph of Death - Bruegel the Elder, Original Sin.

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(Right) A typical illustration of what we perceive to be a Vampire.
Is it really possible that people can change their whole persona and turn into an animalistic bloodsucker such as this...... yes it is!
It is not possible to actually change your morphology and grow extended K9 teeth at will. If you are suffering from porphyria or other similar disorders then yes it's possible but only in your own mind.
That's good enough for some people.

Vampirism has now turned from what was a fictional character in Dracula into a global cult movement of image obsessed teens who drink blood. Is it really fiction or life imitating art?
If you havn't already, read this brief summery on porphyria below before you read the rest of the page as it is integral to the understanding of this phenomina.

Porphyria. (From previous page)
Porphyria is a rare genetic disorder that results in a deficiency of heme, one of the pigments in red blood cells. Untreated symptoms of Porphyria match many of the traits associated with the classic Lycanthrope or Vampire.
One of them is severe photosensitivity, which makes venturing out into daylight extremely painful and thus dooms the sufferer to a life of shadows and darkness. As the condition advances, the victim’s appearance grows increasingly morbid; discoloration of the skin and an unusual thick growth of facial or body hair occurs. There is a tendency for an abnormal change in skin and formation of sores. Eventually the disease attacks cartilage and causes a progressive deterioration of the nose, ears, eyelids and fingers. The teeth, as well as the fingernails and the flesh beneath them might turn red or reddish brown because of deposition of Porphyrin, a component of Haemoglobin in the blood. Porphyria is often accompanied by mental disturbance, from mild hysteria to delirium and manic-depressive psychoses.

Vampire Face - Joseph White 1996. ArtBristol.com

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Nosferatu. 1922. Actor -
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copy of Bram Stokers Dracula.
It caused a sensation with the audiences and is still regarded as one of the greatest horror films of all time.

(Below) Image from Nosferatu.

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Porphyrias have been detected in all races, multiple ethnic groups on every continent including Africans,Asians, Australian aborigines, Caucasians, Peruvian, Mexican, Native Americans, and Sami. There are high incidence reports of AIP in areas of India and Scandinavia and over 200 genetic variants of AIP, some of which are specific to families, although some strains have proven to be repeated mutations.
The links between porphyrias and mental illness have been noted for decades. In the early 1950s patients with porphyrias (occasionally referred to as "Porphyric Hemophilia" and severe symptoms of depression or catatonia were treated with electroshock.

Vampires and werewolves.
Porphyria has been suggested as an explanation for the origin of vampire and werewolf legends, based upon certain perceived similarities between the condition and the folklore.
In January 1964, L. Illis' 1963 paper, "On Porphyria and the Aetiology of Werwolves", was published in Proceedings of the Royal Society of Medicine. Later, Nancy Garden argued for a connection between porphyria and the vampire belief in her 1973 book, Vampires. In 1985, biochemist David Dolphin's paper for the American Association for the Advancement of Science, "Porphyria, Vampires, and Werewolves: The Aetiology of European Metamorphosis Legends", gained widespread media coverage, thus popularizing the connection.

Is the Vampire myth based on a real person? Yes.... Erzebet Bathory... Countess Elizibeth Bathory.

Countess Bathory. Inventor of the bloodbath. She thought that bathing in the blood of virgins would preserve her skin and keep her from losing her youthfull appearance. Theres no evidence that it worked although there are some unsubtantiated rumours that she lived for over 300 years.

 
1560: Elizabeth Bathory is born into one of the oldest and wealthiest families in Transylvania.
Her family had many powerful relatives - a cardinal, princes, and a cousin who was prime minister of Hungary are among these relatives. The most famous relative was Istvan Bathory (1533 - 86).
Istvan was prince of Transylvania and king of poland from 1575-86. It has been said that At around the age of 4 or 5, Elizabeth had violent seizures. These may have been caused by epilepsy or another neurological disorder and may have something to do with her "psychotic" behavior later in life. (Porphyria perhaps)
1575: Age 15, Elizabeth married Count Ferenc Nadasdy. The Count was 26 years of age.
The count took Elizabeth's surname so that she could keep her name.
They lived together in Castle Cséjthe. In Slovak this Castle is named Cachtice.
The count spent a great deal of time away from home fighting in wars and for this he was nicknamed "The Black Heroof Hungary". While her husband was away Elizabeth's manservant Thorko introduced her to the occult.
For a brief time Elizabeth eloped with a "dark stranger". Upon her return to Castle Cachtice the
count did forgive her for her leaving. Back at the castle, Elizabeth couldn't tolerate her domineering mother-in-law. With the help of her old nurse Ilona Joo, she began to torture the servant girls.
Her other accomplices included the major-domo János Ujvary, Thorko, a forest witch named
Darvula and a witch Dorottya Szentes. The first ten years of their marriage, Elizabeth bore no
children because she and Ferenc shared so little time together as he pursued his "career." Then
around 1585, Elizabeth bore a girl whom she named Anna, and over the following nine years
gave birth to two more girls, Ursula and Katherina, and in 1598 bore her first and only son, Paul.
Judging from letters she wrote to relatives, she was a good wife and protective mother, which
was not surprising since nobles usually treated immediate family very differently from the lower
servants and peasant classes.

1600: At age 51, Count Ferenc died in battle and thus began Elizabeth's period of atrocities.
First, she sent her hated mother-in-law away from the Castle. By this time it is thought that she
had dabbled into some forms of sorcery, attending rituals that included the sacrificing of horses
and other animals. Elizabeth, now 40 years old, grew increasingly vain and she feared the thought
of aging as she may lose her beauty. One day a servant girl accidentially pulled her hair while combing it. Elizabeth slapped the girl's hand so hard she drew blood. The girls blood fell into ELizabeth's hand and she immediately thought that her skin took on the freshness of her young maid. She believed that she had found the secret of eternal youth. Elizabeth had her major-domo and Thorko strip the maid and then cut her and drain her blood into a huge vat. Elizabeth bathed in it to beautify her entire body.
1600 - 1610: Elizabeth's henchmen continued to provided Elizabeth with new girls for the blood-draining ritual and her blood baths. Elizabeth went out of her way to see to it that the dead girls were given proper Christian burials by the local Protestant pastor, at least initially. As the body count rose, the pastor refused to perform his duties in this respect, because there were too many girls coming to him from Elizabeth who had died of "unknown and mysterious causes." She then threatened him in order to keep him from spreading the news of her "hobby" and continued to have the bodies buried secretly.
Near the end, many bodies were disposed of in haphazard and dangerously conspicuous locations (like nearby fields, wheat silos, the stream running behind the castle, the kitchen vegetable garden, etc.). But one of her intended victims escaped and told the authorities about what was happening at Castle Cachtice. King Mátyás (MAHT-yash) of Hungary ordered Elizabeth's own cousin, Count György (pronounced DYERD-yuh) Thurzo, governor of the province to raid the castle. On December 30, 1610 they raided the castle and they were horrified by the terrible sights. One dead girl in the main room, drained of blood and another alive whose body had been pierced with holes. In the dungeon they discoverd several living girls, some of whose bodies had been pierced several times. Below the castle, they exhumed the bodies of some 50 girls.
1611: A trial was held at Bitcse. Elizabeth, who refused to
plead either guilty or innocent, and never appeared in the trial..
 At this trial Johannes Ujvary, major-domo, testified that
about 37 unmarried girls has been killed, six of whom he had
 personally recruited to work at the castle. The trial revealed
that most of the girls were tortured for weeks or even months.
 They were cut with scissors, pricked with pins, even prodded
with burning irons onto short spikes in a cage hung from the
ceiling to provide Bathory with a "blood shower". Sometimes
the two witches tortured these girls, or the Countess did it
herself. Elizabeth's old nurse testified that about 40 girls had
been tortured and killed. In fact, Elizabeth killed 612 women -
and in her diary, she documented their deaths. A complete
transcript of the trial was made at the time and it survices
today in Hungary. Of the people involved in these killings,
all but Countess Bathory and the two witches were beheaded
and cremated. Due to her nobility, Elizabeth was not allowed
by law to be executed. The tow accomplices had their fingers
torn out and were burned alive. The court never convicted
Countess Elizabeth of any crime, however she was put under
 house arrest. She was sentenced to life imprisonment in her
torture chamber and stonemasons were brought to wall up
the windows and doors of the with the Countess inside.
They left a small hole through which food could be passed.
 
King Mátyás II demanded the death penalty for Elizabeth but because
of her cousin, the prime minister, he agreed to an indefinitely delayed
sentence, which really meant solitary confinement for life.
1614: On July 31 Elizabeth (age 54) dictated her last will and testament to two
cathedral priests from the Esztergom bishopric. She wished that what remained of
her family holdings be divided up equally among her children, her son Paul and his
descendants were the basic inheritors though. Late in August of the year 1614 one
of the countess's jailers wanted to get a good look at her, since she was still
reputedly one of the most beautiful women in Hungary. Peeking through the small
aperture in her walled-up cell, he saw her lying face down on the floor. Countess Elizabeth Bathory was dead. Her body was intended to be buried in the church in the town of Cachtice, but the grumbling of local inhabitants found abhorrent the idea of having the "infamous Lady" placed in their town, on hallowed ground no less! Considering this, and the fact that she was "one of the last of the descendants of the Ecsed line of the Bathory family", her body was placed to the northeastern Hungarian town of Ecsed, the original Bathory family seat.
More Information:
• All records of Elizabeth were sealed for more than a century, and her name was
forbidden to be spoken in Hungarian society.
• Unlike most females of the time, Elizabeth was well educated and her intelligence
surpassed even some of the men of her time. Elizabeth was exceptional, becoming "fluent in Hungarian, Latin, and German... when most Hungarian nobles could not even spell or write...Even the ruling prince of Transylvania at the time was barely literate". Some modern scholars and contemporaries of hers postulated that she may have been insane, thus accounting for her seemingly inconceivable atrocities, but even a brief glance into her past reveals a person fully in control of her faculties.

• Dracula, created by the Irish author Bram Stoker, was based, albeit loosely, on the Romanian Prince, Vlad Dracula, the Impaler. Raymond T. McNally, who has written four books on the figure of Dracula in history, literature, and vampirism, in his fifth book, "Dracula was a Woman," presents insights into the fact that Stoker's Count Dracula was also strongly influenced by the legends of Elizabeth Bathory of Hungary.
Why, for example, make a Romanian Prince into a Hungarian Count? Why, if there are no accounts of Vlad Dracula drinking human blood, does blood drinking consume the Dracula of Stoker's novel, who, contrary to established vampire myth, seems to appear younger after doing so? The answers, of course, lie in examining the story of Countess Elizabeth Bathory.
• It was largely Slovak servants whom Erzsebet killed, so the name "Csejthe" is only spoken in derision, and she is still called "The Hungarian Whore" in the area.

Bathory extract by Shyla (This text may contain some factual errors.)

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Countess Erzebet Bathory.
1560 -1614

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This is a copy of Erzebets portrait. The 2 above this are merely contempory images.

(Right) Image from the film -
The Countess. Actress -
Julie Delpy.

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(Above) Image of a woman bathing in blood.
(Right) Sculpture of Erzebet bathing.

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The Bathory Castle in Hungary.

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Max Shrek as Nosferatu 1922. An image of the vampire that was to be made more human like in later films. He looks more like Golem. Or the skeletal revenants in the Bruegel painting below left. Or even a Vampire Alien.

 

There is some abiguity as to the date of Erzebet's death and to the manner in which her dead body was found iether dying on the 14th or 21st. This has of course led to speculation that she actually lived on to a much greater age.

The image of the Vampire has changed since the early films. In the 1922 Classic - Nosferatu - Shrek (Above right) has very bat like dental modifications. Taken directly from the Vampire Bats dental morphology. (Left image) This is changed in later films to have extended K9 teeth which is a lot more like that of a dog or Werewolf. What is the reason for this. It's just easier to extend our K9's as they already protrude enough to stick on the extensions.

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(Above) Bram Stokers Film. The Vampire has extended K9 teeth more like a Werewolf.
(Left) Image from Horror Of Dracula.

Vampire Bat Skull. Notice the similarity between this and the Alien designed by H.R. Giger.
(On the ArtAlien Art page.)

The image of the vampire is tied up in with the perceptions of death and disease that were deceminated to us originally by the Catholic Church. The fear of the plague (Black death/neumonic plague) and later the bubonic plague that wiped out millions of people in the middle ages would have fuelled the later hysteria of both the Vampire and the Werewolf myths as little was known about how these diseases were spread amongst the population. (The origins of the plagues may be linked to comets and transpermia - see the next page.) The fear of syphilis and foreigners was also prevalent in these and later centuries right up to when the frist book was writen on the subject. Polydori's - The Vampyre - 1817.

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(Above and right) Extracts from - The Triumph Of Death - Pieter Bruegel The Elder - Painted - 1562. Museo Del Prado - Madrid.
In this image above you can see one of the undead coming to take the King. This reinforces the belief that no one was safe from the clutches of Death and the seemingly indiscriminate nature of the plague. In the right image the Reaper symbolically rides roughshod over corpses holding his sythe.

Vampires and the Devil.....Percieving Evil. Vampire Cults and Beliefs.

Vampires fall into the same category as the Devil or Satan. Representing promiscuity and sinfullness. The opposite of how the Catholic Church liked to perceive itself and its subjects. In the basic sense the horned beast represents non christian beliefs as many of the pre Christian pagan deities were horned animals and hybrid beings.

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(Above) Encomi - Cyprus.
(Left) Lucifer. Looking very similar to images of Dracula in his winged state.

(Left) Original Sin - Joseph White - 2008.
In this painting - Satan has four horns instead of two differentiating him from the lesser - little devils around him as the somewhat elastic Adam and Eve are sucked in to his mouth. This represents their loss of innocence but also the plasticity and fakeness of the Garden Of Eden story.
Meanwhile the surrounding figures writhe around in a debauched sexual bloodlust, indulging in sinful activity in endless columns as new souls fall down into hell above the Devil's horns at the top of the picture.
Satan is portrayed with thick body hair in the traditional manner. This represents our primitive origins and harps back to our recent hominoid ancestors. Our ancient fear of canibalism and being eaten alive permeates throughout.
 
Images like these were used to terrorise the poor and titilate the rich in times before cinema and TV.
The Church used imagery as a form of visual flagellation to subdue the masses into a state of total obedience. In the times before democracy the Church had overwhelming power.
Now Vampires have taken that power back through TV, film and youth culture.
Not for the first time it looks like the Vatican have inadvertantly created a monster beyond its control.

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Detail extract from The Original Sin above.

(Left) The Lost Boys - Directed by Joel Schumacher - 1987.
One of the first major Vampire films with younger lead characters. Probably the inspiration for the Twilght franchise and the beginnings of the youth vampire culture.

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(Above) Robert Pattinson of the Twilight franchise is now one of the highest paid actors in the world. Proving that Vampires are as popular as ever. Especially when played by younger actors unlike in earlier Vampire films.

Dracula.

Historically, the name "Dracula" is derived from a secret fraternal order of knights called the Order of the Dragon, founded by Sigismund of Luxembourg (king of Hungary, Croatia and Bohemia, and Holy Roman Emperor) to uphold Christianity and defend the Empire against the Ottoman Turks. Vlad II Dracul, father of Vlad III, was admitted to the order around 1431 because of his bravery in fighting the Turks.
From 1431 onward, Vlad II wore the emblem of the order and later, as ruler of Wallachia, his coinage bore the dragon symbol. The name Dracula means "Son of Dracul".

 "Vlad the Impaler" is said to have killed from 40,000 to 100,000 European civilians (political rivals, criminals and anyone else he considered "useless to humanity"), mainly by using his favourite method of impaling them on a sharp pole.
The main sources dealing with these events are records by Saxon settlers in neighbouring Transylvania, who had frequent clashes with Vlad III. Vlad III is revered as a folk hero by Romanians for driving off the invading Turks. His impaled victims are said to have included as many as 100,000 Ottoman Turks. These numbers are most likely exaggerated.

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Vlad the Impaler. Main reign 1456 -1462.

(Above centre) Order of the Dragon emblem with swastika and star of David.

(Above right) Image from the first Conan film. This ouroborus symbol crops up everywhere. It means to rebegin and has been found in ancient Egypt, Asia and Mexico.  It may have it's origins in Atlantis as it is a universal symbol.

Three old women beating the Devil on the ground - Daniel Hopfer - 1470 -1536.

Drinking Blood - The Fountain of Youth.

Is the myth that consuming blood restores youth related to the ancient fountain of youth legend. This ancient fountain legend may have its origins in Atlantis as it is another world wide myth. One of its possible locations was in Bimini near Florida. This also happens to be linked to the Bermuda Triangle Vortex and the Power Grid Node that is supposedly off the coast of Cuba. (see the ancient power grid map on the Tesla page) It is also the area most quoted as the spot for a USO base.

(left) Juan Ponce De Leon - searching for the fountain of youth in Florida and the Bahamas.
From the Native Americans he heard tales of an island called Bimini, located somewhere north of Cuba, which reputedly possessed the Fountain of Youth, a spring whose waters had magical youth restoring powers.

(Right) De Leon was an associate of Christopher Columbus and sailed on the Santa Maria's second trip to the newly discovered Bahamas in 1493. They did not discover America as most people think. But they did start the Spanish colonization of the area.

Cabot beats Columbus to Mainland America but so did everyone else. More on this on the New World page later!

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Drinking Blood - The Fountain of Youth. Continued from above.
It's not an uncommon belief that drinking or bathing in blood or spring water gives youth or longevity. Health and beauty companies around the globe still perpetuate this idea and there is some evidence that certain mineral salts can help the skin to replenish itself.
The Catholic tradition of communion "the body of Christ and the blood of Christ" harps back to an ancient tradition in the Himalayas where people eat the cooked flesh of recently deceased holy men in order to gain some of their wisdom.
The Aghori Sadhu's of India eat out of human skulls and eat human flesh on the banks of the Ganges river.
Cannibalism was once quite a common practice. In fact we probably ate our Neanderthal cousins as well as breed with them.
Many of their bones have recently been found with butchery marks on them.
The curing and preservation of food is a relatively recent invention and it would have been a lot more common to eat people in the past. A fact that is usually glossed over by many scientists and historians.
Troops fighting in Burma in WWII were eaten by local tribes people in the 1940's. There is evidence that Japanese troops ate people during that war -

Documentary and forensic evidence supported eyewitness accounts of cannibalism by Japanese troops during World War II. This practice was resorted to when food ran out, even with Japanese soldiers killing and eating each other when enemy civilians were not available. In other cases, enemy soldiers were executed and then dissected. A well-documented case occurred in Chici Jima in 1944, when the Japanese soldiers killed, rationed, and ate eight downed American airmen (the ninth downed, Lt. jg George H. W. Bush along with four others, was picked by submarine USS Finback, and avoided the fate). This case was investigated in a 1947 war crimes trial, and of 30 Japanese soldiers prosecuted, five (Maj. Matoba, Gen. Tachibana, Adm. Mori, Capt. Yoshii and Dr. Teraki) were found guilty and hanged.

There are many places where similar instances have happened in recent times. The Congo, Siera Leone, Liberia and countless more further back in history. (See Zoo 6 - Zombies & Cannibals page for more)
The eating of human flesh is supposed to be addictive and have a euphoric effect. This is probably due to the fact that most people eat it when in a desperate and starving state.

The Vampire Of Venice.

In these videos we explore the Vampire skeleton that was recently found in Venice dated 1576. It turns out to be female aged around 70 years old. This old woman was probably treated with great suspicion just for living that long and was probably accused of witchcraft.

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  • Aboriginies, Australia; Yara-ma-yha-who, Talamaur
  • Albanian; Kukuthi/Kukudhi, Lugat
  • Arabic / Arabia; Ghoul
  • Armenia; Dakhanavar
  • Ashanti Tribe; Obayifo
  • Aztecs, Mexico; Camazotz, Cihuateteo, Civateto
  • Bolivia; Abchanchu
  • Bosnian; Lampir, Tenatz
  • Brazil; Jaracaca, Zaolas, Vampiro. Portugal; Vampiro
  • Bulgaria; Dhampir, Djadadjii, Obur/Ubour, Opyri/Opiri, Vipir, Vepir, Vapir, Ustrel
  • Burma; Kephn, Thaye
  • Carribean; Sukuyan
  • China; Chiang-shih/Kiang shi/Kuang shi, Chang Kuei. K'uei
  • Chile; Peuchen
  • Croatian; Vukodlak, Kosac, Prikosac, Tenjac
  • Crete; Catacano, Kataknana
  • Czech; Upìr
  • Eastern European; Incubus
  • England; Cadaver Sanguins, Revenants
  • Europe (Medieval) Incubus - Succubus (Male/Female)
  • Etheopia; Vendalla
  • France; Melusine
  • Gaelic / Celtic; Craitnag Folley, Sooder Folley
  • Gagauz People; Obur
  • Germany; Bluatsauger, Nachtzehrer/Neuntoter/Nachttoter, Aufhocker, Alp
  • Ghana; Asasabonsam, Adze
  • Greece; Vrykolakas, Callicantzaro, Andilaveris, Sybaris. Ancient - Laestrygonians
  • Grenada and Haiti; Loogaroo
  • Guyana; Firerass
  • Gypsy; Mulo/Mullo
  • Hebrew; Aluka, Lilith
  • Hungary; Liderc, Nora, Pamgri
  • India; Chedipe, Churel, Chordewal (Bengal), Pisachas, Pontianak, Rakasahas,

    •   Kali, Jigarkhwar, Baital, Betail, Vetala, Butha, Brahmaparusha,
        Bantu Dugong, Bantu Parl, Bantu Saboru, Khoon Aashaam (Urdu)
        Pacu Pati, Daanav, Masan/Masani, Pichal Peri,
      • Indonesia; Jenglot
      • Iraq; Lilith, Lilitu, Utuku, Uruku (Mesopotamia)
      • Ireland, Dearg-due, Leanashe, Leanhaum-Shee
      • Jamaica; Ol' Higue
      • Japan; Kappa/Kawako/Gataro, Kyuketsuki, Kasha
      • Kenya; Mau-Mau
      • Libya; Lamia
      • Madagascar; Ramangar
      • Magyar; Vampir
      • Malaysia; Maneden, Penanggalan, Polong, Pelesit, Pananggal. Pontianak/Mati-Anac, Bas, Jenglot
      • Mayan and Mexico; Camazotz, Cihuateteo, Civateto, Tlahuelpuc/Tiahuelpuchi/Tlaciques
      • Native American; Asra-pa/Arsl-pa, Vetalas,
      • Nepal; Pichas, Yama
      • New Zealand; Zorfabio
      • Peru; Pishtaco
      • Philippines; Aswang, Wak Wak, Baberlang, Manananggal/Tanggal, Mandurugo,
      • Poland; Upior, Upier, Male./Upierzyca, Female, Opji/Wupji, Vjesci/Vjeszczi, Njetop, Ohyn
      • Roman/Latin; Strix. Spellings -Stirge/Striga/Strige. Lamures - Italian; Yichska
      • Romania; Strigoi, Male/Strigoaica, Female. Moroi, Male/Moroaica, Female. Nosferatu
      • Russian; Upir, Vieszcy, Uppyr or Upierczi, Inovercy, Anoika, Virdilac/Wurdulac
      • Scotland; Redcap, Baobhan Sith (Highlands)
      • Serbian; Vampyres, Peter Plogojowitz
      • Serbo-Croatian; Upirina
      • Slavonic; Oupyrb, Nosufur-atu, Drakul, Strigoiu
      • Slovakia; Nelapsi
      • South America; Asema
      • South Africa; Impundalu, Ishologu
      • Spain; Vampiro, Bruja
      • Sri Lanka; Riri Yaka, Damu Kumara Yaka
      • Tibet, Nepal and Mongloia; Yama
      • Trinidad and Tobago; Sukuyan
      • Ukrainian; Upyr, Upiribi, Upior - Male / Upiorzyca -Female.
      • Yiddish; Dybbuk

List of Vampire folklore names from around the world.

Vampires exist in every culture and predate christianity.
In Romania people believe that Vampires are a real phenomena and still dig up suspects. They remove the heart, burn it then mix the ashes with water which they drink. Believing that this will expunge them from the Vampires influence.
This is all based on a missunderstanding of the process of decomposition. The body expels blood through the mouth after death as the internal organs putrify. This bloats the body as it fills with gas making the onlooker think that the corpse has gorged itself on human blood. The body can take a surpprisingly long time to break down.
Add to this the retracting of the skin and gums making hair, nails and teeth protrude and the fact that the body would often rise up and belch when punctured by a stake or other sharp implement.

The initial myth may have come from grave robbers who were spooked by seemingly reanimated corpses.
Add to this the prevalance of TB - Tuberculosis (consumtion) a disease that makes the victim cough up blood and look ghoulish as well as the great plagues and syphilis, anti semitism, anti islamism and general suspicion of anything remotely foreign and you have the perfect conditions for a hysterical Vampire outbreak.
If you look at the "list of Vampire names" on the left you see that most names are concentrated in Eastern Europe - Bulgaria, Romania, Poland and otherwise mainly India. The plague is thought to have originated in India or China. Is that a coincidence. Probably not.
Eastern Europe also bore the brunt of the invasion of The Turks, The Huns and the Mongols.
Note that the sheer number of names for vampire type mosters in India is substantial but there are many languages and dialects spoke there hence the different spellings. They also have many religious sects. (See the Zombie page for more)

Snakefight - Joseph White 2006 - ArtBristol.com

This text extract below is typical of the made up nonsense that is being touted in the so called Vampire Community and is merely pandering to the appetite of a young and impressionable audience. A dangerous developement?

Since the beginning of time, there have always existed mortals whom have had an obsession with blood drinking for whatever reasons. Some portray themselves as real vampires, some use blood drinking as an excitement or as a sexual enhancement. Some may even be from a particular disease which often causes insanity. This disease is often referred to as "Renfield's Syndrome" which is also as you guessed, a character from Dracula who is a Zoophagous, meaning a "life-eater."
Mortal blood drinking is quite a big occurrence now. There has become quite a big community for this sort of thing. Most blood drinkers advertise for blood donors while some purchase the blood from blood banks. Blood bank purchasing is only allowed in some states however and as an added benefit, the blood is thoroughly tested to ensure safety from any sort of known impurities.
Immortal Blood Drinkers is a rather large classification because not all receive the dark gift the same. There are roughly around thirty-six different recorded types well documented. I will be listing the four most common however which is also more then the rest all added together.

Homo Wampyrus Chiroptera - Homo Wampyrus Draco - Homo Wampyrus Nosferatu - Homo Wampyrus Sauria

Homo Wampyrus Chiroptera
These vampires are the rarest of the vampires because they are the "bat" vampires. They are largely found Africa, New Zealand and South America. Most of there population are concentrated in China and India.
These vampires appear to be very human other then a slightly pointy pair of ears and sometimes with a lantern jaw. They socially mix well with humans but hate to be around crowds. These are the most sensitive to sunlight, they experience blisters and pain after some time in the sun. They are the only vampires capable of the shape shifting feature and can even change into vampire bats. They are able to do this by certain factors such as racial origin, length of time as a vampire and even the right food.

Homo Wampyrus Draco
This is the most well known of the types. Made famous by Bram Stroker, they are more like Counts. They are well documented world wide. They are everywhere with the majority in places like North America, Britain and Western Europe.
They are extremely human in appearance except for their retractable canine teeth in their upper jaws that are hardly noticeable. They have medium to poor tolerance to sunlight and will perish in a couple of hours of direct sunlight. They are very social with humans and often take jobs as night watchmen and club bouncers.
They often gain there blood through willing donors who think that they are mortal blood drinkers. Some do pleasure in taking blood by force due to the fear factor and the release of adrenaline. It is these vicious vampires that have made movies like "The Lost Boys," "Blade 1 and Blade 2," and many others. They have also put into the heads of humans that it is "cool" to be a vampire.

Homo Wampyrus Nosferatu
They are often referred to as the "deformed" vampires. They were given their name after the 1922 movie "Nosferatu." They are less common then the Wampyrus Draco but are surprisingly numerous.
Their change into a vampire is not an easy one. The individuals' immune system has fought the virus and the virus is forced to mutate in order to survive.
The end result is a twisted and disfigured vampire. Usually it is a high domed head that is bald with a visible network of livid veins; the face is long, thin, drawn, has deep creases; has sunken eyes; the ears are large and pointy or membranous; nose is upwards and revealing the nostrils; the hands have long tapered fingers often with an extra joint with sharp, discolored nails; stands with a hunch because to straighten their back causes extreme pain to their twisted spines and can cause a slipped disc or worse. All of these abnormalities are the reason why they are so anti-social with both humans and vampires a like.
They obtain blood through stealth from sleeping humans, small children or even from farm animals. They are everywhere with large concentrations in Africa, South Africa, The Caribbean and Japan. It has been speculated that the Puerto Rican Chupacabras, Goat Suckers, are excessively deformed Nosferatu vampires.
They are moderately sensitive to sunlight and can tolerate it for hours at a time on a dull day. They can perform certain shape changes but they vary from case to case.

Homo Wampyrus Sauria
They are often known as the "reptile" and/or "lizard" vampire. They get these names because they possess teeth that are all sharply pointed and resemble those of large lizards.
They are the most social of the four main types and are able to withstand extended periods of sunlight or indefinitely with the aid of sunglasses and sunscreen. With the exception of their teeth they are very human in appearance. They tend to be very outgoing and are often business men who have amassed a great deal of wealth through their long lifetime. However they are extremely susceptible to depression and most commonly the victims of suicide.
They are rare in Europe but are common in North America, Central America, South America and Australia with a great concentration in China, Japan and certain parts of the former USSR.
Due to their extreme social abilities, you might think that they are the most considerate feeders, wrong. They are the most brutal of all. They will often rip large pieces of flesh from the victim, usually from the thigh, upper arm or throat. They will devour the flesh and drink the blood from the gaping wound until the victim perishes. This rarely happens now. They take more often to buying blood or obtaining it from willing donors whom are cut with razors rather then teeth.

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Aliens And The Undead -
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I have put this video here because it has some interesting details about Zombies and the African origins of the phenomena.

You may want to forward it to around 20 minutes into the video. To see the thread about vampires.

It also goes into other undead beings from other countries around the world including the Voodoo Zombies of Haiti.
It goes into some detail about Lazerus of the new testement rising from the dead. (Like Jesus) 

"My Jesus Theory"
See the Zombies Jesus page for the rest of this article.
Could it be that when Jesus resurrected Lazerus after he had supposedly been dead for 4 days, he then found out about the use of henbane (as mentioned in the article at the top of the Zombies & Cannibals page) as a heartbeat suppressant narcotic.
Did Jesus then use it to perform the same Zombie trick later when he was himself crucified? 
Is this the great secret of the resurrection?
It's quite possible.