In gothic folklore the vampire is a reanimated corpse that leaves his grave or crypt to suck the life force of the living.
This creature would use the blood it obtained to maintain his own form of life and thus, if ever his grave would be discovered, there would be no mark of decay on the body.
No wonder the vampire has been at the very core of today`s horror literature and movies … but what is beneath the fiction is far less seductive.
The vampire myth is thousands of years old and can be found in nearly all the cultures all across the globe – but nowhere as prolific as Eastern Europe and Britain.
The general accepted idea is that all those that are attacked by vampires become one their selves after death gaining the blood thirst of that who transformed him.
In the 1700s the children were though special prayers to prevent demons from possessing their bodies if death should occur during sleep.
In Serbia, the cases registered in 1731 and 1732 were believed to be the result of vampires spreading within the community. The confusion was made simply because many of the phenomenons that accompanied the plague were easily mistaken as signs of vampire attacks. It is currently known that the plague was caused by flees carried by rats.
Vampirism is the practice of drinking blood of either the animal or human.
In the old cannibalistic cultures it was believed that by drinking the blood of your enemy you would become stronger, taking on not only the straight of that whom you defeated but also other supernatural powers. Such practices are currently tagged as an occult form of ritualistic cannibalism but the fact remains that the drinking of blood and the eating of the flesh were used as a way to intimidate and psychically terrorize in the past.
In zoology and biology the term “vampirism” is related to: leaches, musk, mosquitoes, bats, mistletoe and other creatures that live off other organisms by sucking the life essence.