After Lilith was banished from Eden she took refuge in an unnamed location near the Red Sea and continued her mischief.
Over the next years she would sire her demon children and drink the blood of newborns while Adam and Eve continued their lives on Earth and had two children – Abel and Cain.
Both brought offerings to God, Cain brought the fruits of the ground, and Abel, brought one of his flock as an offering.
God approved only Abel’s offering so Cain became very angry. As he and Abel where in the field on day, Cain rose up and struck his brother repeatedly until he was dead.
For the murder of his brother Cain was cursed by God and marked so that he wouldn`t be killed. Since he would have to be hidden from the face of God/the Light and driven out from the face of the earth we can assume that he would need to wonder at night.
In myth, it is said that the curse that God had set upon Cain was to be cast into a world of darkness with a continuous craving for blood, and this curse has been passed from generation to generation, all the way up to the vampires of today.
It is also believed that Cain wondered the world until he found Lilith.
She nurtured his hate and though him blood magic summon mystic powers and how to “anoint” someone else into becoming a vampire. She thus made him her companion.
Vague references have it that they had their own offspring – demons and vampires!
Surprisingly, Cain and Lilith’s children resurfaced 1000 years later in the epic poem Beowulf, and with much more mention than he ever receives in the Bible. Beowulf was first written down and preserved by monks- who were the only literate people in their time.
The tale originated somewhere in the 600’s in England, and was thought to have been written down at a later time with ad notations of course.
||Till the monster stirred, that demon, that fiend,
Grendel, who haunted the moors, the wild
Marshes, and made his home in a hell
Not hell but earth. He was spawned in that slime,
Conceived by a pair of those monsters born
Of Cain, murderous creatures banished
By God, punished forever for the crime
Of Abel’s death. The Almighty drove
Those demons out, and their exile was bitter,
Shut away from men; they split
Into a thousand forms of evil– spirits
And fiends, goblins, monsters, giants,
A brood forever opposing the Lord’s
Will, and again and again defeated.
(Ll. 101-114)…Cain had killed his only
Brother, slain his father’s son
With an angry sword, God drove him off,
Outlawed him to the dry and barren desert,
And branded him with a murder’s mark. And he bore
A race of fiends accursed like their father…
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† Vampires in Ancient Cultures
There are many myths in regards to the creation of the first vampire. And, as pointed in the superstitions category, the myth itself is very old.
According to some I found all over the internet, the first vampire was none other than Judas Iscariot, one of the 12 disciples.
Legends tend to be born when people don`t know what exactly happened to a character and tho` we “know” what happened to Jesus after he was sold for the 30 pieces of silver, the ending of Judas`s life is uncertain.
According to the gospel Judas was overtaken by remorse and he committed suicide but there is also an obscure legend that sustains that Judas is at the core of the first vampire bloodline.
Because of his betrayal of Jesus God cursed him and his descendants ‘to walk the earth forever’. His suicide was not the end but the beginning! [people who commit suicide come back as vampires].
A variation sustains that God turned his back on Judas and allowed one of Satan`s demons to slay him [cutting him] and give Judas to drink his own unclean blood.
When Judas awoke, he supposedly rebelled and did not accept his new fate.
Satan mocked him:
‘ For your aide in delivering the son of God and His followers into my hands, I have made you my son, that you may rejoice in Darkness and taste the dark and bitter fruits that you have sown’.
‘I will not be so. I taste the fruit of my sowing even now and it tastes bitter and too foul. I will fight you and your darkness, I will stand between you and His followers and shield them from your evil. I betrayed my friend and I am damned forever, but I refuse to betray Him again’.
Those of his vampiric bloodline rose to become the Iscariots – believe believed to be the children of Judas Iscariot, instead of hunting humans, they are known to hunt other vampires and demons in an attempt to redeem for the ultimate betrayal.
It is believed that vampires are repelled by anything that would remind them of that crime: silver [30 pieces of silver], crosses [Jesus was crucified due to his betrayal], stake of wood [ it was believed to be an aspen-wooden cross].
Note: My personal opinion… Tho` it is interesting and tends to fit in the vampire lore, I cannot pretend not to notice the holes in the story.
It did spawn a nice movie [Dracula 2000] but the sequels ruined it.
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In the Middle Ages men relied on superstition to protect themselves against nocturnal visits from the creatures of the night.
The most common way to keep a vampire at bay requires the use of either garlic or vervain. Because it was believed that the powerful smell of these plants would keep the undead away, such chains were hang on windows and doors.
In some European regions we also find a subclass – the “living vampires” – people that would most certainly return as vampires after death. Basically those that were marked from during their lifetime.
To test them, the priests came up with a new ritual during mass – they would pass out baskets with garlic and keep an eye to see who refused it.
In time more and more theories as to the origin of a vampire arouse. And with them, questions as to what signs can be seen in the people that were to become vampires after death.
It is so that they came to believe that one may turn into a vampire if:
– if a black cat or dog jumped over the corpse
– if a big shadow fell on it
– if the deceased had any signs from birth [tail, red mark] or if he has since birth teeth, hair, 2 hearts or one extra nipple.
– if someone was born at midnight during a full moon
– if the infant died before baptism
– if one was cursed by a witch
– if the burial rituals weren`t followed to the letter
– if death occurred as a result of a vampire attack
– if one was killed but not avenged [the murderer wasn`t found or for some reason wasn`t punished]
– if one killed himself [special means were needed for the burial because he died in sin therefore there wasn`t room for redemption]
In old England, suicides were buried in a crossroad.
But the strangest superstitions were related to the way people that were suspected of turning into vampires were buried.
Keep in mind that this was a time when medicine practically wasn`t invented yet and desperate people were susceptible to manipulation by rumors.
– the corpses were buried backwards, in hope that if the awoke as vampires and they tried to dug themselves up, they would end up burying themselves deeper.
– wooden sticks were placed around the grave so that the vampire might pierce himself on them
– the body was wrapped up in rugs to diminish the mobility [in some regions the hands and feet were bound]
– large and heavy stones were placed above the grave
– sometimes the corpse was decapitated, chopped up or burn to ash and scattered in swamps
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† Vampire Accounts
by Lord Byron
But first, on earth as Vampire sent,
Thy corse shall from its tomb be rent:
Then ghastly haunt thy native place,
And suck the blood of all thy race:
There from thy daughter, sister, wife,
At midnight drain the stream of life;
Yet loathe the banquet
By which perforce
Must feed thy livid living corse:
Thy victims, ere they yet expire,
Shall know the demon for their sire,
As cursing thee, thou cursing them,
Thy flowers are wither’d on the stem…
Wet with thine own best blood shall drip
Thy gnashing tooth and haggard lip;
Then stalking to thy sullen grave,
Go–and with Gouls and Afrits rave;
Till these in horror shrink away
From spectre more accursed than they!
† Short Stories