Vampires are hard to describe, unless you are looking at the modern vampire who dresses in formal attire and walks among the living. Folklore vampires may be described as a demonic creature or a beautiful woman. In many cases, a folklore vampire is described wearing its burial clothes and having bloodied lips with protruding fangs. […]
The Baltic States include three small countries- Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania- which are on the southeastern shore of the Baltic Sea. They are next to Poland and Russia. Historically, the Baltic States have not shown any vampire lore, although they do share the belief in revenants with Poland and Russia.
It is believed that vampires have an aversion to garlic. People placed garlic in the mouths of corpses that are likely to become a vampire after death. They also hung garlic in windows and on door seals to prevent vampires from entering a home.Some communities would rub cattle with garlic to prevent vampires from feeding […]
Some vampires have the ability to fly, but not all. Flying was common among Asian vampires, such as the penanggalan vampire of Malaysia. As some Chinese vampires aged, they could transform into flying creatures, such as bats and owls. European vampires did not fly, but they were known to levitate. The banshee- a vampirelike creature- […]
James Brown was a seaman in the United States. In 1967, Brown was discovered on his fishing boat on his way to Labrador. He had drained another sailor of his blood. Brown was arrested and returned to Boston, where he was sentenced to life in prison. While in prison, Brown killed at least two more […]
One of the earliest reports of real vampires was of a German man named Sorgel. He killed a man in the forest and drank his victim’s blood in attempts to cure himself of epilepsy. Sorgel was arrested and left in an asylum. Upon his execution, Sogel’s brain was autopsied and examined by pathologists.
There are various medical disorders and blood diseases that can have symptoms that resemble vampirism. Anemia is a blood disease in which the red-cell count is low. Symptoms typically include a pale complexion, fatigue, fainting spells, shortness of breath, and digestive disorders. Catalepsy is a rare nervous system disorder that causes suspended animation with a […]
Lamashtu (also referred to as Lamastu or Dimme) was a demon goddess in Sumeria and Acadia. Lamashtu was often described to have a hairy body, the head of a lion, donkey teeth and ears, long fingers and fingernails, and sharp bird-like talons for feet. She was often seen standing or kneeling on a donkey while […]
Lilith appears in early Hebraic writings and stories. She is a winged demon, with the body of a woman, and owl-like talons for feet. It is said that Lilith was the first wife of Adam, but she believed herself an equal to him and refused to be submissive. For this, she was banished from God’s […]
Incubus creatures are ancient in religion, history, and fiction. The earliest stories of an incubus is from Mesopotamia, where Gilgamesh’s father listed the creature as Lilu. A Lilu disturbed the sleep of women and seduced them. An incubus is a male demon who lies on women sleepers in order to have sex with them. Incubus […]