Rakshasa (Vampires) Existence in Hindu Mythology

Posted by Roses on March 2, 2010

According to Hindu mythology, the Rakshasa were considered to be demonic in appearance and their sole intention was to drink blood and eat the flesh of humans. They appeared either very beautiful or quite unattractive in appearance. According to my research, some are said to possess poisonous fingernails, shape-shifting ability, and increased strength and could move at extraordinary speed. On the other hand, there are also sub species of vampires which are the opposite. Does this sound familiar, anyone?

The 20th century romanticized ideology which is currently so popular is contrived in comparison to the observations of my great-grandfather. Vampires are commonly perceived as “evil” or the latest trend in vampirism suggests a level of benevolence, depending on your point of view. It is interesting that vampires are not viewed as possessing a plethora of emotions and attributes’, as being intelligent, possessing a level of morals and beliefs, it is either black or white. Just another reminder of how dominant western ideologies promote certain beliefs and perceptions’ to the detriment of other thoughts which exist …

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