Vampires of Legend

Posted by Roses on May 19, 2011
Arnold Paole

Arnold Paole

Vampire. The word conjures up images of suave, handsome, or strikingly beautiful creatures, such as is depicted in Anne Rice’s Vampire Chronicles. Those of you who are fans of her books are quite familiar with the arrogant and sexy Lestat.

One of the most famous vampires of all time is, of course, Count Dracula. The brain child of Bram Stoker who based his immortal monster on a Hungarian ruler know as Vlad Tepes, also know as Vlad Dracul-a, which when translated means “son of the dragon,” a nicknamed that was well earned, for the count was a blood thirsty and ruthless ruler. He was also known as Vlad the Impaler due to his habit of impaling people on very sharp stakes and letting them suffer until they died a horrible and extremely painful death.

The legends of vampires were around long before Stoker wrote his book. From very early times there have been reports and tales of vampires, or vampyr, which means, when roughly translated, “blood drinker.” In nature there are all kinds …

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Lamia a Greek Vampire Legend

Posted by Roses on May 18, 2011

As I promised here is the legend in vampire history of Greece…

The vampire fore-runner is next seen in ancient Greek mythology. While there are several minor deities that have vampire-like qualities, the myths involving Lamia and the Empusa are the closest link to modern day vampires. While neither demigoddess was considered “undead,” both show many similarities to the vampire.

lamiaGreek mythology tended to be malleable over time, and demigods and goddesses tended to change in quality, form, virtues, and responsibilities. The earliest form of the Empusa was that of being the daughter of the Greek Goddess Hecate. Hecate was originally a Chthonian (meaning not a major deity residing upon Mt. Olympus) Greco-Roman goddess of magic, and was later a three-faced goddess of ghosts, witches, and curses. The Empusa is described as demonic-looking and was said to have bronze feet. She would take the form of a beautiful young woman in order to seduce young men and drink their blood while asleep.

Lamia, however, is something entirely different. Considered somewhat a tragedy (at least by …

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