10 March 2011
Vampires: Fact or Fiction?
When the word “vampire” comes up in a conversation an immediate thought that comes to mind is Twilight. The Twilight series has made the world of vampires and werewolves a teenage girls greatest fantasy. To some, the idea of having a mythical creature fall madly in love with you is romantic, but what if vampires aren’t actually mythical creatures? What if they are real, human like killers who have a taste for human blood? How can a human being make up something so vile, it almost seems like it somehow has to be based off of a real life situation, or maybe the imagination of early humans, due to boredom, ...view middle of the document...
We have seen and heard all of this before, and these clique vampires are known as folklore vampires. They are Hollywood’s favorite way to depict them in their movies. During a human life into the transition of a vampire, the humans are said to have died form either “plague, drowning, murder, suicide, or unnatural or sudden violent causes, or being killed by active vampires” (Guiley 31). The folklore vampires are said to never go out on Saturdays but instead stay in their graves or coffins. During the rest of the week vampires may leave at midnight and must return at dawn before being burned by the sun. Folklore vampires are not easy to get rid of but there are ways to kill them. The most common way to destroy a folklore vampire is to put a wooden stake through their heart, other ways deal with decapitation or setting them on fire.
There are people in this world who actually want to become vampires. But it’s a little different then one would imagine, these aren’t the teenage girls we see debating over “Team Edward or Team Jacob”. These humans, also known as living vampires, are “destined to become vampires after death” (Guiley 34). But to do so they must first become “made” vampires while they are still alive. To become a “made” vampires you must go through a ritual with another vampire which involves drinking blood and impersonating their ways.
One might ask why someone would want to become a vampire. Vampire fraud would be a clever way to get you out of trouble. Before DNA testing women, who had been having affairs, would claim that the pregnancy happened because of a vampire. No one would ever ask questions because the “villagers often were too frightened to ask questions or investigate” (Guiley 39). In many cultures they believed that vampires would only leave their graves to mate with other vampires or humans, which made vampire pregnancies common and somewhat normal. Another use for vampire fraud was to play tricks on civilians for personal amusement. But during times of starvation people would dress up as vampires to vandalize a village and get what they needed to survive.
The scariest and most dangerous vampires are known as psychotic vampires. They are known for “mutilating or killing others and drinking their blood” (Guiley 37). These vampires do exist and are considered criminal insane. They get the urge to consume their own blood and it is said to give them relief from stress. At first it’s just a rush of adrenalin, but then it starts to become an addiction and they start wanting more so they begin to drink other humans blood. A medical term to describe this disorder is Renfield Syndrome and it is described as an obsession with blood and also with drinking blood.
Not many cases have been studied dealing with Renfield Syndrome and when they are studied it becomes disturbing very quickly. One of the first encounters was with a Hungarian women named Countess Elizabeth Bathory. She was a wealth...