Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Vampires Fiction/Folklore

Sorry it has been so long since I posted an entry this subject has taken a lot of time to get good information on and plus I have been having some health problems lately. I'm having surgery the Nov. 1 to get my health fixed or at least a little bit of it lol. Anyways here is the next part of my vampire posts.

Most Fictional vampires have traits distinct from those of folkloric vampires. Legends say that a vampire is a mythological/folkloric being that feeds off the life force of animals and people. Vampiric entities have been recorded throughout history the earliest dated back to prehistoric times.
The term "vampire" wasn't popularized until the early 18th century. After an influx of vampire superstition into western Europe from Balkans and Eastern Europe.
With the increased level of vampire superstition in Europe mas hysteria and in some cases resulted in corpses actually being staked and people being accused of vampirism.
Most vampires in folklore  had a range of different looks from nearly human to a bloated rotting corpse. The charismatic sophisticated vampire didn't show up until the interpretation of the vampire by the Christian Church. If you look back in history when a person saw a vampire they didn't wear a cape or stylish clothing that fiction leads you to believe. The vampire was usually said to be wearing what they were buried in.
The historical descriptions also say that the vampire's skin wasn't pale but it had a reddish tint like the blood that was eaten had infused with the body. The vampire's body would also look bloated unlike fictianl vampires that are almost always thin. People also claimed that the vampire would have a rotting smell. Here are some other characteristics from folkloric vampires...
Rancid Breath
Long Fingernails
Long Hair
Sharp Teeth (but not always fangs)
Blazing often Red Eyes
There were also vampires in folklore that possessed a phantom-like attributes appearing almost ghost-like. These phantom vampires were said to feed off people at night while they were sleeping. This type of vampire was also said to resemble the person it once was. Most people that had a run in with this type of vampire usually just see the vampire as a dark mass.
It is said that in some countries people believed that a vampire could still have sexual relations with humans. Of course though no one would want to willingly have sex with a folkloric vampire so the act was much like that of an incubus demon. It was also believed that the children from this match were born with the ability to sense the undead. In other countries people believed that a physical vampire could become human again. There is a folkloric vampire in Malaysia call the langsuir which is a female vampire that could be captured and cured. In some religions there are Gods and Goddesses that resemble vampires.
Hindu's Dark Goddess Kali
This demon-like goddess isn't gentle,bashful,nor subservient toward her husband. She walks in the nude with her hair disheveled. So you may be asking yourself where I am going with this well Kali Drinks the blood of demons. She gets intoxicated by the blood.
Even though Kali tends to fight alone she does ask for help sometimes but here is the catch she will only ask for help from other women and never men. Kali is the destructive/violent form of the Mother Goddess Durga and it is said that she actually sprung out of Durga's head during battle and is often portrayed as Shiva's wife or consort.
The name Kali is derived from the Hindu word that means "black" and also "time".
She is the destroyer of ignorance and wrongdoing,but also creates reality. Though she is capable of destructiveness she is not seen as evil. Kali is seen as a nessary aspect of salvation and conversion.

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