VAMPIRES-MYTH OR FACT?.
People have been obsessing over vampires for centuries, but why is this, surely these blood thirsty creatures couldn’t possibly have been real, or could they?.
The word Vampire (Vampyr) loosely translated means ‘Blood Drinker’.
There are actually lots of real creatures in nature that do just that drink blood, such as Mosquitoes, Bed bugs, Fleas, Ticks and of course the very aptly named Vampire bat, of which drinks the blood of cattle and horses.
There have been various tales over the years about the dead coming back as blood lusting zombies who would plagued villagers, causing them to die too.But cold any of this really be based on facts?.
There are supposedly many documented accounts that support the claims.
ARNOLD PAOLE A man living in 18th century, whom returned to his hometown near Belgrade after reportedly being bitten by a vampire whilst serving as a soldier in the army for his country.
Arnold was said to have eventually died from an accident a while later, but once buried strange things started happening in the village, Arnold was reportedly seen walking around at night and people began to go missing. Their bodies would turn up days later, showing signs of serve unexplained blood loss.
Arnold’s coffin was re-opened to find him looking as perfect as the day he was buried, with a pink glow to his complexion and fresh blood round his mouth.
Scared to simply cover him up again, the villagers drove a steak in to his heart, decapitated him and just to be sure he wouldn’t come back, they burnt everything.
This stopped the problem for nearly 10 years, but then began happening once more, so bodies were dug up, and again the same ‘vampire’ evidence was found in the coffins, this time a detailed report was drawn up and then signed by local witnesses.
It is believed that over the years a lack of scientific knowledge has led to many a dead person being named as a vampire, and the reasons behind this are simple…
Firstly if anything strange happened in past centuries that people could not explain, such as multiple deaths in a village and sightings of what appeared to be departed loved ones, the dead would be dug back up to try and asses what was going on.
The villagers would be confronted with bodies that had no obvious signs of decay to them, but would now have long nails and teeth, and in some cases blood upon their fingers, so you can understand why there would have been cause for concern back then.
Scientists today tell us that when we die our hair and nails carry on growing for a short while after, and that our gums decay quickly leaving our teeth more exposed.
As for the blood on fingers, well unfortunately this would be due to some one trying to claw their way out of the coffin. Many people were mistakingly buried alive, probably having been sufferers of such conditions that we now know as Narcolepsy (chronic sleeping disorder), a very sad but true fact.
The most famous of all vampires throughout the world is DRACULA, from Bram Stokers brilliant book of the same name, loosely based on the 15th century Romanian leader Vlad Tepes.
In 1410 Romania the Order of the Dragon was formed by a secret fraternal of nights to uphold Christianity and defend the Empire against the Ottoman Turks. Vlads father was one of these specially chosen knights, and wore Its emblem which was a dragon, with wings extended, hanging on a cross.
The word for Dragon in Romanian is ‘DRAC’ and ‘ULA’ means son of, so when Vlad took over from his father he became known as Vlad Dracula (Son of the Dragon).
Now you have a brief understanding of the name, let me explain the rest…
There was a constant struggle through the 15th century to obtain control of Wallachia, a region of the Balkans southern Romania, which lay directly between the two powerful forces of Hungary and the Ottoman Empire.
There were many battles through the following years, Vlad was best known to the Romanian people at the time for his success in standing up to the encroaching Ottoman Turks and establishing relative independence and sovereignty.
How ever to achieve this, he was performing extreme executions, Impalement being his favorite method, this was one of the most gruesome, slow and painful ways of dying imaginable.
There would be a horse attached to each of the victim’s legs and a sharpened stake was gradually forced into the body. The end of the stake was usually oiled and care was taken that the stake not be too sharp, else the victim might die too rapidly from shock. Normally the stake was inserted into the body through the buttocks and was often forced through the body until it emerged from the mouth.
Although impalement is the most famously known of Vlad Dracula’s tortures, it does not stop at that, he actually had a whole list of sickening methods…
Nails buried in to heads,
Cutting off of limbs,
Blinding with hot poker,
Burning of body parts,
Cutting off of facial parts (noses, ears, and lips),
Mutilation of sexual organs,
Exposure to the elements and wild animals,
It was not just men who were subjected to these tortures either, women and children would suffer this fate at his hands too.
He was a very inventive but disturbed man.
Bram Stoker took the basic story of the evil Vlad Dracula, added a 19th century vampire twist and turned it in to the timeless classic we know today.
So after researching the history of these blood thirsty creatures of the night and although many of us would truly love to find actual evidence of vampire existence , sadly they are nothing more than myth.