My theme for the “A to Z Challenge” is World Mythology.
My A to Z posts will run concurrently with my usual posts. I hope they spark your curiosity. I find it fascinating how so many stories crossed the boundaries of countries and even oceans.
V is for Vampires
Do they come from the world’s great mythologies?
I had a look around and found that they belong more in folklore than in mythology.
“…the vampire, which is defined by Paraclesus as the astral body of a person …[who] seeks to prolong existence upon the physical plane by robbing the living of their vital energies ….” ( The Secret Teachings of all Ages, Manly P. Hall, p. 292)”
Vampire-like creatures have been recorded in most cultures as the boogey men who hid in the shadows and killed people, but they didn’t become really popular until the early 18th century when vampire legends flowed in from the Balkans and Eastern Europe.
“… although local variants were also known by different names, such as shtriga in Albania, vrykolakas in Greece and strigoi in Romania. This increased level of vampire superstition in Europe led to what can only be called mass hysteria and in some cases resulted in corpses actually being staked and people being accused of vampirism.” (Wikipedia)
Today vampires are mostly found in fiction. I think:) In 1819 John Polidori published The Vampyre, which is considered one of, if not the, most influential early vampire stories of the 19th century. Bram Stoker’s 1897 novel Dracula, however is the quintessential vampire novel, which provides the basis for our modern stories.
Hall, Manly P., The Secret Teachings of all Ages, New York, Dover Publications,1901, Dover 2010 ed.
DO YOU WANT MORE?
Go to my 2016 A to Z Challenge page to see my other posts on world mythology.