European Vampires

Reads: 197  | Likes: 0  | Shelves: 0  | Comments: 3

More Details
Status: Finished  |  Genre: Other  |  House: Booksie Classic
This is a research progect I had to do in English and I felt like posting it.

Submitted: April 26, 2009

A A A | A A A

Submitted: April 26, 2009

A A A

A A A


European Vampires
What do you think about when you hear the word vampire? Do you picture a fierce, bloodsucking monster or do you picture a beautiful, golden eyed lover, or do you picture something totally different? When I hear vampire I see a lost soul who isn’t fully outlined or understood. I chose European vampires because they are closest to the ‘traditional’ vampire that we know today. I am going to tell you how vampire legends started in Europe and then I will tell you a few so you can grasp how amazingly different these vampires are even though they come from the same region.
Ok picture this, there is a caravan loaded down with silks, spices, and people from china, Tibet, and India, along with these caravans came legends (udayton.edu). These legends were of pink or green haired, red eyed, bloodsucking monsters (udayton.edu). After many years these legends began to change and become original to the certain area in which they were found (udayton.edu). This obviously set something loose because all throughout the 18th century Eastern Europe was covered in vampire sightings which may have been due to a rabies outbreak (personalmd.com). This is possible because many of the symptoms of being a vampire are the same as a person who has rabies including aversion to sunlight, reflections, and strong odors like garlic (personalmd.com). Other like symptoms include aggressiveness, waking up in the middle of the night, vomiting blood, fear of water, and their blood not clotting for awhile, many months, after death (personalmd.com).
Now I must introduce briefly a few of the vampire legends starting with the German Alp that is in short a bloodsucking demon (gothlupin.tripod.com). This awful monster is said to haunt the nightmares of all people (udayton.edu).
 Secondly I give you the Nosferatu who us known as the traditional vampire (gothlupin.tripod.com). A few things you may not know about this common vamp is that it was a child who was not recognized lawfully because its parents were not lawfully married, and the male could have children with mortal women but the child would be covered in hair and it would be destined to become either a witch or a vampire called a Morii (gothlupin.tripod.com).
 The third is a Russian vamp called the Murony; it is a shape shifter which can change into any animal or insect (gothlupin.tripod.com). This vamp will completely drain its victim of blood but it will not leave any bite marks (gothlupin.tripod.com). The physical appearance makes this quite odd because not only does it have fangs and sharp talon-like nails, but it comes complete with blood dripping from its eyes, nose, mouth, and ears (gothlupin.tripod.com).
Lastly I leave you with the Irish dearg-due; it is a standard European vamp (rootsweb.ancestry.com). This vamp was a beautiful woman who died because she was in an unhappy marriage (Wikipedia.com). The only way to defeat this vampire is to pile stones on its grave to prevent it from rising to the surface (rootsweb.ancestry.com).
So, that wasn’t so bad, now was it? I hope that now you know a little bit more about vampires and how they differ from one place to another even in such a small area such as Europe. I also hope I have changed the way you look at vampires and their history. So now when you hear vampire you have a variation in the usual image you get. Thank you for reading this and learning a little more about the unknown world.


© Copyright 2018 Only Mine. All rights reserved.

Add Your Comments:

Comments

avatar

Author
Reply

avatar

Author
Reply