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1. Posted by Pardus (Respected Member 2356 posts) 11y

A few people have mentioned a certain fascination for vampires lately.

Are you one of them? What triggers the fascination?

And are the different types of vampire stories in different cultures? I bet there are, I would love to hear them.

2. Posted by Cupcake (Travel Guru 8468 posts) 11y

I am interested to a degree...my parents named me after a vampire on the soap opera "Dark Shadows"....(freaky hippie parents that they were/are)
My oldest daughter is really into the stories...she reads them all the time. The true history behind vampires (Vald the Impaler) is a fascinating story by its self!!

3. Posted by mtlgal (Full Member 1179 posts) 11y

I love vampire movies. They're definitely the coolest AND the hottest looking monsters! When I was in New Orleans I was told that there are a lot of people going there searching for vampires, because of the Anne Ricce books and movies. Some of the nutcases actually do think that they're vampires. Apparently some "vampires" look out for very drunk, unsuspecting tourists (which are everywhere in New Orleans) and buy them drinks until they pretty much pass out; then the "vampires" would take out a knife, discretely cut the victim's forearm and let the blood drip into a beer cup, and then drink the mixture of alcohol and blood. The victim wakes up in the morning with a hang-over and a small cut in the forearm and have no recollection of the whole event!

4. Posted by Cupcake (Travel Guru 8468 posts) 11y

Oh I forgot about Elizabeth Bathory! More interesting history!
:)

5. Posted by james (Travel Guru 4136 posts) 11y

Quoting mtlgal

Apparently some "vampires" look out for very drunk, unsuspecting tourists (which are everywhere in New Orleans) and buy them drinks until they pretty much pass out; then the "vampires" would take out a knife, discretely cut the victim's forearm and let the blood drip into a beer cup, and then drink the mixture of alcohol and blood. The victim wakes up in the morning with a hang-over and a small cut in the forearm and have no recollection of the whole event!

Boss: "James, you look hungover today"

James: "Must have been all of those bloody beers I drank last night!"

6. Posted by FionaNZ (Respected Member 903 posts) 11y

LOL

7. Posted by Isadora (Travel Guru 13926 posts) 11y

Are you one of them? A vampire? No. Fascinated by them? Yes.

The trigger:
Definitely growing up watching the likes of Max Schreck (Nosferatu), Bela Lugosi, Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee all playing the mysterious Dracula. Other than a few foreign (language) vampire movies, there aren't too many I have missed throughout the years. Good or bad, cheap and trashy - I love them all. In most, the vampire - especially the Lord of the Clans - has been romanticized. The tall, dark and (usually) handsome man in black that enters through a window to drink the virgin's blood as she swoons. Then there is the whole eternal life (okay, minus a soul) thing. This eternal life can also be equated to the hopes of eternal youth and beauty. So you have to do a bit of blood-sucking - even vampires need to eat.

Cultural Differences:
Yes, cultural differences do exist. Literature claims that vampire myths date back thousands of years, rather than originating from the acts of ol' Vlad. From Eastern Europe to North America, vampires are consdered to be of human form with lelongated canine teeth. In Eastern Europe, vampires were used as a way to explain disease, death, and other un-explained phenomenon. It was also a way for Christianity to "convert" any give population of pagans. In North America, vampires are basically just sexualy motivated, blood-thirsty creatures who prey on innocent bystanders.

In China, vampires are red-eyed monsters, Japan - certain types of foxes, Greece - 1/2 woman 1/2 winged creature and the list goes on. It is also suggested that Assyrian stone tablets contain writings about creatures who drank blood. In Nepal, wall paintings depict the drinking of blood by humans, while the Vedas wirtings in India tell of a tree-hanging creature with no blood in it's body. The Caffre Tribe in Africa believed drinking the blood of humans would reanimate the dead. Mayan and Aztec lores contain several different types of creatures that all have a bloodlust. In any given part of the world, folklore contains some type of being (human, animal, mythical) that falls into the modern day definition of vampirism.

The most common stories of real people in history being considered vampires are Prince Vlad III Dracula, Elizabeth Bathory, Peter Plogojowski and Arnold Paole.

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8. Posted by GregW (Travel Guru 2635 posts) 11y

Quoting CupCake

my parents named me after a vampire on the soap opera "Dark Shadows"

A vampire named CupCake? That must of been one strange TV show.

9. Posted by angela_ (Respected Member 1732 posts) 11y

I love the mystery of the vampire lore...however most of my vampire interest comes from watching too much Buffy the vampire slayer..

10. Posted by Isadora (Travel Guru 13926 posts) 11y

Angela - Buffy and Angel were great series! (Though the creator of this thread may beg to differ... ) Spike and Lorne were my favorite characters, though Wesley definitely had his moments.

CC - at least they didn't name you Barnabas or Bramwell!! ;)

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