Are Vampires Real‽ What do You Think?

iruo March 2, 2022 0 Comments
Vampires

Hi guys… I trust we’re doing great! Today’s article is about vampires. Yeah, vampires! Scared? Don’t be! Lol… What do you think about them, are they real? Are they not? Well, all of these and more you’ll get to find out as we delve right into it. Enjoy!

Vampires are simply creatures from folklore that survive and thrive by feeding on the vital essence of the living. This just means they feed on the blood of the living, not necessarily human blood. In European folklore, vampires are ghostly, soulless, fiendish creatures that often visited loved ones and caused mischief or deaths in the community they inhabited while they were alive. They wore shrouds and were often described as bloated and of ruddy or dark countenance, markedly different from today’s gaunt, pale vampire which dates from the early 19th century.

The word “vampire” appeared first in English in 1732, in news reports about vampire “epidemics” in eastern Europe”. However, vampires had already been mentioned in German and French literature. This was after Austria gained control of northern Serbia and Oltenia with the Treaty of Passarowitz in 1718, officials noted the local practice of exhuming bodies and “killing vampires”. These reports, prepared between 1725 and 1732, received widespread publicity.

The English term was probably coined from the French,Vampyre” and from the German,Vampir”, in turn, derived in the early 18th century from the Serbian vampir (Serbian Cyrillic: вампир).

The Serbian form has parallels in virtually all Slavic languages: Bulgarian and Macedonian вампир “vampir”, Bosnian:vampir” вампир, Croatian vampir, Czech and Slovak upír, Polish wąpierz, and (perhaps Est Slavic-influenced) upiór, Ukrainian упир, “upyr”, Russian упырь “upyr”, Belarusian упыр, “upyr”, from Old East Slavic упирь “upir‘” many of these languages have also borrowed forms such as “vampir or wampir” subsequently from the West; these are distinct from the original local words for the creature. The exact etymology is uncertain. Among the proposed proto-Slavic forms are *ǫpyrь and *ǫpirь.

Also, a less widespread school of thought is: the Slavic languages have borrowed the word from a Turkish term for “witch”, e.g; tatar ubyr. Czech linguist Václav Machek proposes Slovak verb “vrepiť sa” (stick to, thrust into), or its hypothetical anagram “vperiť sa” (in Czech, the archaic verb “vpeřit” means “to thrust violently”) as an etymological background, and thus translates “upír” as “someone who thrusts, bites”.

Also, a less widespread school of thought is: the Slavic languages have borrowed the word from a Turkish term for “witch”, e.g; tatar ubyr. Czech linguist Václav Machek proposes Slovak verb “vrepiť sa” (stick to, thrust into), or its hypothetical anagram “vperiť sa” (in Czech, the archaic verb “vpeřit” means “to thrust violently”) as an etymological background, and thus translates “upír” as “someone who thrusts, bites”.

An early use of the Old Russian word is in the anti-pagan treatise “Word of Saint Grigoriy” (Russian Слово святого Григория), dated variously to the 11th–13th centuries, where pagan worship of upyri is reported

Stories originating in popular culture connotes that the notion of vampirism has existed for millennia. Cultures such as the MesopotamiansHebrewsAncient GreeksManipuri and Roans had tales of demons and spirits which are considered progenitors of modern vampires.

Despite the occurrence of vampiric creatures in these ancient civilizations, the folklore for the entity known today as the vampire originates almost exclusively from early 18th-century southeastern Europe when verbal traditions of many ethnic groups of the region were recorded and published. In most cases, vampires are revenants of evil beings, suicide victims, or witches, but they can also be created by a malevolent spirit possessing a corpse or by being bitten by a vampire. Belief in such legends became so pervasive that in some areas it caused mass hysteria and even public executions of people believed to be vampire

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The Science Behind Vampires

Currently, some of the most popular vampire myths can be explained with science. The fear from long ago that the dead could still harm the living was only intensified when dead bodies were exhumed and appeared to have blood coming out of their mouths. Without an understanding of how the body decomposes and what’s known as purge fluid.

It’s quite uncomplicated to see how people could assume that their loved ones had come back from the dead and were drinking people’s blood. Many early skeletons from the medieval era have been found with bricks or rocks filling their mouths or sickles around their necks, all the better to prevent these dead folks from rising up and attacking.
Some have also suggested that vampires were really just people who suffered from Porphyria. People with this disease are cocooned or confined to the indoors, because exposure to light can lead to disfiguring blisters. Daily blood transfusions are sometimes needed as well. At some point, as a result of limited knowledge, folks were terrified that they could contract it.

Pop Culture Icons (Vampires)

Currently, vampires have transitioned into heroes and icons in pop culture. They used to be just characters in books on fiction; paranormals, urban fantasy, and all, TV shows; Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1997 -2003).

Consequently, we can’t seem to shake our fascination with vampires. How many of us can say we learned our counting skills from “Sesame Street’s the Count “, or had parents who never missed an episode of Dark Shadows or The Munsters? And didn’t we all sneak-read the Anne Rice books way before we were ready for them? With so many appearances by vampires in our childhoods, it’s little wonder that we can’t get enough as adults!

Vampires have probably come to stay, a while at least.

Conclusively, based off the above read, what are your thoughts on Vampires; are they real? Are they not? Or what are thoughts on Vampires generally?

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