Do Vampires Belong in Mythology – A to Z Challenge

My theme for the “A to Z Challenge” is World Mythology.A2Z-BADGE 2016-smaller_zpslstazvib

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

The Vampire, by Philip Burne-Jones, 1897 (Wikipedia)
The Vampire, by Philip Burne-Jones, 1897 (Wikipedia)

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 41YJnNaeppL._AC_US160_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.

The 800-year-old skeleton found in Bulgaria stabbed through the chest with iron rod.[65]
The 800-year-old skeleton found in Bulgaria stabbed through the chest with iron rod.[65]
“… 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.

Feature Image: Count Dracula as portrayed by Béla Lugosi in 1931’s Dracula (Wikipedia)


Go to my 2016 A to Z Challenge page to see my other posts on world mythology.

Author: Jo-Ann Carson

About Jo-Ann Carson Where magic happens … Reports of Jo-Ann Carson’s death on a Gulf Island are greatly exaggerated or, at the very least, premature. The eclectic crew of ghosts that haunt her head spill onto the page in two series: The Gambling Ghosts and The Ghost & Abby Mysteries. A Viking with existential issues, a broken hearted Highlander, a Casanova man-witch and a Pirate with a secret are just a few of the males her strong heroines encounter in tales of fantasy, adventure and romance. A firm believer in the magic of our everyday lives, Jo-Ann loves watching sunrises, walking beaches near her home in the Pacific Northwest and reading by the fire. You can visit her on social media: Website * Blog * Twitter * Facebook

6 thoughts on “Do Vampires Belong in Mythology – A to Z Challenge”

    1. Hi Emma,
      They make great stories. Can you imagine the time when people told tales about them late at night and people believed in them. Gives me goosebumps just to think about it.
      Thanks for stopping by Emma.


  1. Hi Jo-Ann 🙂
    I’m trying to catch up on posts that I didn’t manage to read before the challenge ended.
    Vampires are fascinating sunjects, dont’ you think so? Soemtimes it isn’t easy to tell folklore from reality…


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