#atozchallenge 2016: V is for Vampires

A Vampire is a corpse supposed, in European folklore, to leave its grave at night to drink the blood of the living by biting their necks with long pointed canine teeth.

Screen Shot 2016-04-01 at 8.06.50 AMI’ve been scouring the web for some new ideas on vampires since I am sure you’ve heard just about everything on the subject. I’ve read lots of books and I’ve watched lots of movies over the years. Below is a list of ideas I’ve found and their sources.

  • Vampires have no reflection when you look into a mirror because they have no soul. Mirrors only reflect the body and their soul. Also, if a mirror has silver in it, the image could be stopped by the silver. (Source: thefw.com)
  • The Egyptians were known to be polytheists and one of the gods, rather goddesses that they used to worship had a character quite similar to the modern-day vampire. Sekhmet was the name of the goddess that was known to drink blood. Historical records have shown that Sekhmet was considered to be a warrior goddess in Upper Egypt. The Egyptians would depict her as a lioness that had a reputation of being Egypt’s most fearless hunter.The Egyptians also believed that the desert had come into being because of her breath. She was considered to be a protector during times of war by the pharaohs and was also regarded as being the deliverer of guidance. (Source: Globerove.com)
  • Dracula is not a nice person. It was said that Vlad of Walachia, who also went by “Vlad the Impaler,” never ate a meal without Ottoman Turks, impaled on stakes, dying all around him. This 15th century Romanian monster left, at one time, 20,000 corpses stuck on pikes outside of his castle as a warning to all who would dare challenge him. When a corpse became too rotten to display any longer, Vlad had no problem making a new one to take its place. (Source: thefw.com)
  • The very rare, and unusual, group of diseases known as “porphyria” can actually cause vampire-like symptoms. That said, the disease is something you definitely don’t want. People afflicted with this condition suffered from a severe sensitivity to sunlight, hallucinations, paranoia, possible madness and a host of other debilitating conditions. The disease has been associated with vampires in the past, but in reality, it only gives its victims a vampire’s weaknesses, but none of vampire’s strengths. (Source: thefw.com)

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