The Origin Of Vampiric Activity

There were many accounts of vampiric activity before, just no real names have been known.

The Origin Of Vampiric Activity

Mezopotamia - called Lamaštu.
India - called vetala.
Africa - called adzeim or obajifoim.

China - kuang-shi.

Japan - kashei.

But these were all not the actual representations of what we, today, consider to be typical vampires.

Slavic mythology: from the Psalms of 1047.: Upir Lihi - meaning terrible Vampire by the name of Vladimir Jaroslavič was the first actual name we've encountered. But, not much about him is known.

Jure Grando - is th eoldest known documented european vampire - born in istra, Croatia. He dies in 1656 and exhumed and decapitated in 1672.

Why was he decapitated after death?

Because he terrorized the village for 16 years after his death. Killing the villagers every night.

At the end of the 17th and the beginning of the 18th century, Europe birthed the job description of the vampire hunter. They were payed by the 'head' of the vampire discovered and decapitated. So...we can see that those hunters may have just been doing this (pretending it was true) for their own gain...

In 1746, french theologist Augustine Calmet published a scientific paper on vampires.

Mary Therese sent her personal physician to investigate these claims and the he concluded that there was no such thing as vampirism.

Despite this, the Vampire has remained one of the most famous mythological folklore creatures of the Slavic people and the Europe as a continent.

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  • Ah, but don't forget about Romanian Strigoi and ancient Greek Lamia. they were all inspirations for the Vampire myth.

    I'd like to add some interesting facts about Chinese Kuang-Shi or Jiangshi, who were not really one of the origins for the western version of Vampire, they were more like hopping corpses, reanimated by spirit possession, dark magic or caused by "improper" death (e. g suicide), they usually feed on Ch'i (living force of the living). They are also known in Japan as Kyonshi, and in Korea as Gangshi.
    Kuang-Shi behave mindlessly , more like Zombies rather than Vampires. According to mythology, they can't be stopped easily, you have to be skilled in Tao Magic, but you can always use a mirror, it can destroy them because it reflects negative energy right back at the Kuang-Shi.

    In Asian horror movies, they are quite recognizable because they move around by jumping like kangaroos, as shown in the old figurines. They can't walk like the living humans because their legs are stiff (due to rigor mortis).

    Kuang-Shi can't see you if you hold your breath, because they can't detect your living force.

    You can paralyse them by sticking a magical inscription on their forehead:

    Some of the Kuang-Shi know Kung Fu ;)

    Don't try to stop them with cross, holy water or garlic, because it won't work, they are not like western Vampires.

    Great Take, keep it up :D 👍


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