- Introduction into the vampire legend
many times have we heard the phrase: I van’t to suck your blood?
this supernatural legend supposedly came about.
this legend states about what being a vampire means.
Vampire legends all over the world share certain common
characteristics ranging from special abilities, their destruction,
and how the legends began.
According to the June, 1999 edition of Newsweek, “Vampires have
been a part of human mythology since the caveman.
Vampires have often been a means for understanding the
unexplainable in our world” (Ire, 63).
- The undead have a number of special abilities.
have the profound ability to change into bats, wolves, and mist.
can have complete control over a victim.
are few weaknesses vampires have against humans.
to leading researchers for the University of Transylvania,
“Vampires are like Gods walking among humans.
They are everlasting, all powerful, capable of shape
shifting, and can control our weak human spirits” (“Vampire
Abilities,” University of Transylvania).
- There are many ways to destroy a vampire.
method is staking a vampire correctly.
method is burning a vampire.
third method is impaling.
fourth method is using the power of the sun.
Cula, a prominent professor of world mythology, states that
“vampires may be difficult to kill, but it’s not impossible”
- There are also other methods of ensuring the
vampire does not come back to haunt you once you think you’ve
can bury a vampire face down at a crossroad.
a vampire's mouth with garlic is effective.
a cross on top of a vampire's grave keeps her/him from crawling out
of their daily sleeping space.
- Many believe that
“these methods confuse vampires and other undead spirits
preventing them from walking among living” (Stein, 32).
- There are a number of explanations of how the
vampire legend began.
was possibly a misunderstanding of the body's natural process of
may have misunderstood the symptoms of catalepsy.
disease may have been mistaken as vampirism.
to the American Medical Association’s webpage on rare diseases,
“before modern medicine was able to explain odd or
debilitating disease, communities often created myths to describe
what individuals were experiencing” (“Medical History,” American
- Current cultural aspects in Transylvania keep the
vampire myth alive and well.
is virtually untouched by time.
tours are popular destinations for travelers from all over the
on recent research, “one million tourists visit Prince Vlad’s
castle each year” (Parker, 99).
- In conclusion, while modern medicine has been able
to demystify certain aspects of the vampire, the legend will remain
for years to come.
points included abilities, death and destruction of vampires, how
the legend began, and modern affects on Transylvania, the home of
to the advent of film, thousands of films have been made about this
are great analogies to describe certain aspects of the modern world.
may now think twice about the rich history behind the phrase,
"I vant to suck your blood!"