Well, this is a blog about vampires. My intention with this web-blog is to explain more about the vampire world. With real histories and also fiction texts.
Why vampires? Who am I?
You can find all those answers in the page “Miss Spookiness” right there ->
First, I think the better way to begin this web-blog is:
– What does vampire means?
The English term possibly came from the French term vampyre, from the German Vampir, in turn thought to be derived in the early 18th century from the Serbian/Bulgarian term вампир/vampir. Czech and Slovak upír, Polish wąpierz, and perhaps East-Slavic influenced upiór, Russian/Ukranian упырь upyr’. The exact etymology is unclear.
The first recorded use of the Old Russian form Упирь (Upir’) is commonly believed to be in a document dated 1047 AD. In a manuscript of the Book of Psalms written by a priest who transcribed the book from the oldest known Slavic alphabet (Glagolitic) into a modern one (Cyrillic) for the Novgorodian Prince Vladimir Yaroslavovich (Noooo! He’s not the Dracula!!). The priest writes that his name is “Upir’ Likhyi ” (Упирь Лихый), which means something like “Wicked Vampire” or “Foul Vampire”. This apparently strange name has been cited as an example both of surviving paganism and of the use of nicknames as personal names.
What is the mythological Vampire?
They are creatures who subsist by feeding on the life essence (no, not only blood).
The first known vampire is called Lilith. The name came from the Hebrew לילית Lilit or from the Akkadian Līlītu. Both are female nisba adjectives (common suffix to form adjectives of relation or pertinence) from the Proto-Semitic root LYL “night,” literally translating to nocturnal “female night being/demon”.
This fragment of the Book of Isaiah 34:14 “et occurrent daemonia onocentauris et pilosus clamabit alter ad alterum ibi cubavit lamia et invenit sibi requiem” gave the name Lilith a new translation “Lamia”.
The oldest vampires were more like demons than today. The newest vampires are normaly people like humans (Ex: Edward Cullen – Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight), that feed themselves with blood, not necessarily from humans. They’re most of the time beautiful and powerfull.
An exemple of a not-so-beautiful vampire is the Nosferatu from the RPG book Vampire: The Masquerade). The fiction vampires normaly have special powers. They can read minds or fly.
If you want to know more about the modern and glamurous new vampires, I recomend Bram Stoker’s Dracula (Book or Movie) Or the Vampire Chronicles from Anne Rice (there’s also the movie, Interview With the Vampire, based on her novel. And the not-so-good Queen Of Damned).