Untitled Essay Research Paper Vampires have been

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Untitled Essay, Research Paper Vampires have been seen and documented throughout history. The history of vampires goes further back in time than most people realize. The chaldeans, who lived near the Euphrates river in the southwestern part of Asia more than five hundred years before the time of Christ , feared vampire or creatures similar to vampires enough so that they created charms to protect themselves from being attacked by such creatures. The Assyrians and the Babylonians feared a creature similar to a vampire known as an Ekimmu. These creatures known as Ekimmus were believed by the Assyrians to roam the planet searching for food although it was not always a persons blood but rather a persons’ vitality or that persons’ energy force. It was believed that if such a

creature would enter someone’s house that person along with his or her family would slowly weaken, get sick and probably die. In the countries of Syria and Palestine references were made to such blood sucking monsters on ancient carved tablets. In Ireland the people believed in these creatures, which they affectionately came to call “red blood suckers” . Due to their belief in these mythical creatures they began the practice of placing stones on these vampires graves to kep them from escaping.This then became standard practice and is still used to this day in the form of a tombstone. Tombstones were used to control ghosts and other spirits instead of their original use in controlling vampires. Due to the fact that vampires seemed to be so commonplace around the globe, there

was a large variety of vampires that differed in shape, behavior and method of becoming a vampire. All of these factors varied from region to region. In the country of Bulgaria a vampire had only one nostril. This Bulgarian vampire would rise out of it’s grave nine days after death in the form of a shower of sparks and remained in this shape for a period of forty days. After the completion of these forty days the shower of sparks would regain it’s human form. Once human-like the vampire goes from playing childish tricks, which it did in it’s “spark” form , to more serious matters , such as the attacking of humans and drinking of their blood. Vampires are well known for their craving for blood but in many countries vampires were not limited to just that substance as part

of their diet, but would also consume foods that humans ate such as eggs and rice. That, however, does not mean that their yearn for blood was any weaker than before. Most vampires would attack their victims and suck the blood from puncture wounds made in the neck (The Russian vampire would suck the blood directly from the victims heart). Sometimes the vampire would gorge itself until it had drained the victim completely while other times it would take just enough to satisfy that night’s thirst and come back the following night and take a bit more. The method of drinking from the same victim night after night would cause the victim to get weaker and weaker . Due to the fact that the victim was indeed attacked by a vampire, that would mean that upon the victims death they too

would become “undead.” (. Vampires p22) Certain cultures around the globe also had systems to recognize vampires. In some cultures vampires were distinguished due to the color of their hair. In most Christian countries vampires could be recognized because they had red hair like Judas Iscariot, the man who betrayed Christ in the bible, was said to have had red hair. Eye color was another tell-tale sign used to identify vampires. In Greece ,where most people have dark colored eyes, vampires were said to have blue eyes, Rumania they were said to have had gray eyes, and in Ireland they had black eyes. Vampires have been around for centuries , in some cases they have been recognized and feared by cultures that were around thousands of years before the time of Christ, such as the