THE TRUE STORY BEHIND VAMPIRES
Continue and I'll take you on a historical journey through the myths and legends of THE VAMPIRE. Legends of the Vampire stretch back farther than most people realize. Some legends reach back farther than Christ, back to ancient Assyria and Babylonia. Ancient Aztecs used to pour blood into the mouths of their idols. In India, Rajahs drank blood from severed heads. In China, the family would guard a corpse the night before the burial from a cat or dog jumping over it and turning it into a Vampire. First ancient Greeks, then Romans after them believed in a type of female Vampire called a Lamia. Lamia's we re thought to seduce men in order to suck their blood. Later in Greece there was another word for Vampires_Vrukalakos, _creatures who would revive the dead then feast on the living.Recently there are some people who are trying to prove that Vampires are nothing more than people suffering from porphyria an incurable genetic disease.Symptoms of porphyria include a need for blood transfusions, a negative reaction to garlic, and a necessity to avoid sunlight. The original legends of Vampires started in Romania and Hungary around the early 16th century.The word itself is comes froma Slavonic term and did'nt exist in English until about 1730.Now many people travelling through Eastern Europe reported sightings and encounters with Vampires. These reports spread throughout Europe; and the myth of a Vampire had begun. It was'nt until authors like Byron, Goethe,Baudelaire, and of course_Bram Stoker_ that Vampires as we know them were created. VIKRAM AND THE VAMPIRE There was once a soldier-king in India named Vikram . One day an evil sorcerer into getting a Vampire out of a certain tree and bringing it to the sorcerer tricked Vikaram. Vikram found the tree and the Vampire was hanging head down from the tree. Vikram cut the creature down and it scrambled right back up .This happened seven times until finally...