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Abraham Van Helsing

Posted in Books 'n writers, General, Movies 'n series, Myths x Science on 07/21/2010 by WickedGentleman

I’m back from the dead, my beloved blood suckers.

And today I bring you some information about Van Helsing… There are a lot of vampire legends in the world, and also a lot of people who hunt those vampires.

Dracula got his own hunter, maybe so famous as he is, Professor Abraham Van Helsing is, probably, the most famous vampire hunter in the whole world.

Created by Bram Stoker, Van Helsing is a Dutch doctor with a wide range of interests and accomplishments, partly attested by the string of letters that follows his name: “M.D., D.Ph., D.Litt., etc.”

In the novel, Van Helsing is called in by his former student, Dr. John Seward, to assist with the mysterious illness of Lucy Westenra. Van Helsing’s friendship with Seward is based in part upon an unknown prior event in which Van Helsing suffered a grievous wound and Seward saved his life by sucking out the gangrene. It is Van Helsing who first realizes that Lucy is the victim of a vampire and he guides Dr. Seward and his friends in their efforts to save Lucy. Van Helsing also appears in the Dracula 2000 Movie and in the The Tomb of Dracula Marvel Comics series, which was based on the characters of Bram Stoker’s novel, but the chronology slightly differs from Bram Stoker’s.

Abraham Van Helsing opened the doors to the creators, and, based on his existence, the other movie directors, writes, artists and producers created thousand of new vampire hunters.

It looks like any famous vampire in the world has his own hunter, except Edward Cullen. Even Lestat has the Talamasca (nor really hunters) to annoy him.

Based on Dracula, Nosferatu is another classic vampire. His hunter is named Professor Bulwer and appears only in a few scenes.

The Hammer movies had created a lot of versions to Van Helsing, sometimes with the same name. One of them is  J. Van Helsing, as seen in The Brides of Dracula. In the series of Hammer Dracula films set in the 1970s, the character of Van Helsing is named Lawrence Van Helsing and is seen in the prologue (set in 1872) of Dracula AD 1972. These movies had Dracula being resurrected in the 1970s only to meet Lawrence’s grandson, Lorrimar Van Helsing, a “different” vampire hunter.

In 2004 Van Helsing became a movie. Hugh Jackman played Gabriel Van Helsing, the eponymous hero of Van Helsing, loosely based on Bram Stoker’s character. The name was changed from “Abraham” to “Gabriel” for two reasons: because the writer/director/producer, Stephen Sommers, did not feel that “Abraham” was an appropriate name for an action hero, and because Universal wanted copyright privileges to the character. The name change is accounted for in the story of the film, in which it is implied that Gabriel Van Helsing is actually the Archangel Gabriel in human form. Gabriel hunts monsters for the Catholic Church, and in the movie is sent to Transylvania to kill Count Dracula. When he arrives, Dracula tells Gabriel that they have already met and have quite a history together.

Normally, the hunters are associated with the church, but this is a Bram Stoker’s stigma.

Abraham Van Helsing has also made a cameo appearance in the Japanese manga Hellsing. The first time he appeared in one of Alucard´s dreams, Van Helsing made many allusions to Dracula when referring to Alucard e.g. “So what are you going to do now, No Life King?”. At the end of this dream, Alucard seems to cry blood. The second time Van Helsing appeared as a silhouette after Alucard transforms into the “Count”, this last one is the most direct reference to the novel in the manga, since this time besides Van Helsing, Alucard mentions Quincey Morris, Arthur Holmwood and Dr. Seward, although, mysteriously, not Jonathan Harker. He appeared for a third time in a flashback showing Alucard’s previous deaths. In the manga series, Alucard’s Master is called Integra Fairbrook Wingates Hellsing, and she owns an organization with her own name, Hellsing.

Name apparitions:

Comics

  • The comic book series, The Tomb of Dracula featured Rachel van Helsing, granddaughter of Abraham, as a major member of the principal hunters. Minor characters were Abraham’s wife Elizabeth and his brother Boris.
  • In the manga and anime, Hellsing, modern day descendant Integra Hellsing leads a British government strike force against supernatural menaces. The story also includes her father Arthur and uncle Richard.
  • The DC comic Night Force features Abraham’s granddaughter Vanessa Van Helsing.
  • Sword of Dracula is a comic book with Veronica “Ronnie” Van Helsing.
  • Helsing (not to be confused with Hellsing) is a Caliber Comics title about a Samantha Helsing and a John Van Helsing.
  • The Vampirella comic books feature father-son vampire hunters Conrad and Adam van Helsing.

Movies

  • Dracula 3000 features Captain Abraham Van Helsing (played by Casper Van Dien), a descendent of the original Van Helsing and the captain of a spacefaring salvage ship. A twist is that this Van Helsing is killed unceremoniously by Dracula mid-film.
  • Hammer Films’ Dracula series features a whole dynasty of Van Helsings: “J.” (equivalent to Abraham); Lawrence, older than J., relationship unspecified; J.’s son Leyland, Lawrence’s grandson Lorrimar, and Lorrimar’s granddaughter Jessica. Peter Cushing played J. in Horror of Dracula (1958), The Brides of Dracula (1960). Lawrence in a brief opening segment of Dracula AD 1972 (1972), and Lorrimar in Dracula AD 1972, The Satanic Rites of Dracula (1974) and The Legend of the 7 Golden Vampires (1974); Robin Stewart played Leyland in The Legend of the 7 Golden Vampires; and Jessica was played first by Stephanie Beacham in Dracula AD 1972, then by Joanna Lumley in The Satanic Rites of Dracula.
  • In the Disney movie Mom’s Got a Date with a Vampire, Malachi Van Helsing is hunting the vampire Dimitri, who is preying on the mother of the main characters.
  • In the comedy movie Love at First Bite, Dracula falls in love, and Jeffrey Rosenberg, grandson of Fritz Van Helsing tries to kill him.
  • 2004 direct to video film The Adventures of Young Van Helsing depicts Abraham Van Helsing’s great grand son Michael saving the world from Simon Magus.
  • The 2006 film Bram Stoker’s Dracula’s Curse features a character named Jacob Van Helsing, who is inferred to be a descendant of the original Van Helsing, although this is never actually stated outright.
  • 2004 film Van Helsing starring Hugh Jackman as Gabriel Van Helsing.
  • 2005 film Way of the Vampire starring Rhett Glies as Dr. Abraham Van Helsing.[2]
  • 2009 film Stan Helsing is a satire comedic film revolving around the descendant of Abraham Van Helsing.

Television

  • A humorous British TV series, Young Dracula, featured Mr. Eric Van Helsing — presumably the descendant of his more famous predecessor, though with none of his competence — trying to exterminate Count Dracula and his children, who had been chased out of Transylvania by an angry mob and were now living in rural Wales. Eric lives in a travel trailer with his son Jonathan. There are also references made to previous Van Helsing vampire slayers, such as Manly, Porphyria, Abraham III and Norris.
  • The 2009 ITV series Demons follows a modern-day teenage descendant of Van Helsing.
  • In Tales of the Slayer story “House of the Vampire”, part of an unofficial series of short stories based on the television series Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Peter Van Helsing (cousin to Abraham) is a Watcher (an advisor and trainer of vampire Slayers.) Within the Buffy canon, Dracula is a real vampire but a charlatan and Van Helsing is unmentioned.
  • The TV series Angel (TV series), a spin off of Buffy the Vampire Slayer (TV series) following the exploits of Buffy Summers’s vampire paramour Angel (Buffy the Vampire Slayer) prominently features a 18th century human vampire-hunting antagonist, based on Van Helsing and named Daniel Holtz who relentlessly tracks Angel across Europe in order to avenge the death of his wife and children.

Books and Stories

  • The short story Abraham’s Boys by Joe Hill is about the retired Abraham Van Helsing and his two sons, and how he passes along his knowledge to them. The story is included in the anthology The many faces of Van Helsing.
  • The short story “Immortal Hunters” by Suz deMello features John Van Helsing as a reluctant vampire.
  • According to The Vampire Hunter’s Handbook, Abraham was not the first Van Helsing to encounter vampires. The book is supposedly written by Raphael Van Helsing in the eighteenth century. It has also been prequeled by The Demon Hunter’s Handbook by Abelard Van Helsing (sixteenth century) and The Dragon Hunter’s Handbook by Adelia Vin Helsin (fourteenth century). The supposed writers refer to each other (in the cases where it makes sense) and other Van Helsings.
  • Similar to the above mentioned handbooks is Vampyre: The Terrifying Lost Journal which is written by Mary-Jane Knight but credited to dr Cornelius Van Helsing. The book implies that Cornelius is the brother of Abraham.
  • Young Dracula by Michael Lawrence mentions a farmer named Dweeb van Helsing.

Audiobooks

  • Faith – The Van Helsing Chronicles is a German series of audiobooks by Simeon Hrissonmallis.[3] The main character is Faith van Helsing, daughter of Adam and Melissa van Helsing. Other van Helsings mentioned include Michael, John and Samuel.
Be carefull Dracula… He is right behind you.
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Lilith

Posted in Myths x Science on 04/07/2010 by WickedGentleman

Hey you all.

Today I’m going to talk about Lilith… She appears as a night demon in Jewish folkore and as a screech owl in Isaiah 34:14 in the King James version of the Bible. For some people, she was the first vampire.

In later folklore, “Lilith” is the name for Adam’s first wife. Her story was greatly developed, during the middle-ages, in the tradition of Aggadic midrashim, the Zohar and Jewish mysticism. She is believed to have originated as a female Mesopotamian storm demon associated with wind and was thought to be a bearer of disease, illness, and death. The figure of Lilith first appeared in a class of wind and storm demons or spirits as Lilitu, in Sumer, circa 4000 BC. The phonetic name “Lilith” is traditionally thought to have originated in Ancient Israel somewhere around 700 BC, despite post-dating even to the time of Moses.

The name “Lilith” is basicaly a female nisba from the word “LYL” that means, night. Literally translating to nocturnal “female night being/demon”.

The earliest reference to a demon similar to Lilith and companion of Lillake/Lilith is on the Sumerian king list, where Gilgamesh’s father is named as Lillu. Little is known of Lillu (“Wind[wer]man”; or Lilu, Lila) and he was said to interfere with women in their sleep and had functions of an incubus, while Lilitu appeared to men in their erotic dreams.

In Horace (De Arte Poetica liber, 340), Hieronymus of Cardia translated Lilith as Lamia, a witch who steals children, similar to the Breton Korrigan, in Greek mythology described as a Libyan queen who mated with Zeus. After Zeus abandoned Lamia, Hera stole Lamia’s children, and Lamia took revenge by stealing other women’s children.

There’s a curious jewish tradition against Lilith, in which an amulet is inscribed with the names of three angels (Senoy, Sansenoy, and Semangelof) and placed around the neck of newborn boys in order to protect them from the lilin until their circumcision.

The appearance of Lilith is more common on the Dead Sea Scrols (a collection of about 900 documents, including texts from the Hebrew Bible) . The first and irrefutable Lilith reference in the Song occurs in 4Q510, fragment 1:

And I, the Instructor, proclaim His glorious splendour so as to frighten and to terrify all the spirits of the destroying angels, spirits of the bastards, demons, Lilith, howlers, and desert dwellers… and those which fall upon men without warning to lead them astray from a spirit of understanding and to make their heart and their […] desolate during the present dominion of wickedness and predetermined time of humiliations for the sons of light, by the guilt of the ages of those smitten by iniquity – not for eternal destruction, but for an era of humiliation for transgression.

And there are also another fregments and proverbs that can reveal her existence:

Her house sinks down to death,
And her course leads to the shades.
All who go to her cannot return
And find again the paths of life.
— Proverbs 2:18-19

Her gates are gates of death, and from the entrance of the house
She sets out towards Sheol.
None of those who enter there will ever return,
And all who possess her will descend to the Pit.
— 4Q184

A cult in Mesopotamia is said to be related to Lilith by early Jewish leaders. According to the hypotheses proposed by William F. Albright, Theodor H. Gaster, and others, the name Lilith already existed in 7th century BC. and Lilith retained her Shedim characteristics throughout the entire Jewish tradition. Shedim is plural for “spirit” or “demon”. Figures that represent shedim are the shedu of Babylonian mythology. These figures were depicted as anthropomorphic, winged bulls, associated with wind. They were thought to guard palaces, cities, houses, and temples. In magical texts of that era, they could be either malevolent or benevolent. The cult originated from Babylon, then spread to Canaan and eventually to Israel. Human sacrifice was part of the practice and a sacrificial altar existed to the Shedim next to the Yahweh cult, although this practice was widely denounced by prophets who retained belief in Yahweh.

The Alphabet of Ben Sira is considered to be the oldest form of the story of Lilith as Adam’s first wife. Whether this particular tradition is older is not known. Scholars tend to date the Alphabet between the 8th and 10th centuries AD. (The attribution to the sage Ben Sira is considered false, with the true author unknown.) The amulets used against Lilith that were thought to derive from this tradition are in fact, dated as being much older. The concept of Eve having a predecessor is not exclusive to the Alphabet, and is not a new concept, as it can be found in Genesis Rabbah. However, the idea that Lilith was the predecessor is exclusive to the Alphabet. According to Gershom Scholem, the author of the Zohar, R. Moses de Leon, was aware of the folk tradition of Lilith. He was also aware of another story, possibly older, that may be conflicting.

The idea that Adam had a wife prior to Eve may have developed from an interpretation of the Book of Genesis and its dual creation accounts; while Genesis 2:22 describes God’s creation of Eve from Adam’s rib, an earlier passage, 1:27, already indicates that a woman had been made: “So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.” The Alphabet text places Lilith’s creation after God’s words in Genesis 2:18 that “it is not good for man to be alone”; in this text God forms Lilith out of the clay from which he made Adam but she and Adam bicker. Lilith claims that since she and Adam were created in the same way they were equal and she refuses to submit to him:

After God created Adam, who was alone, He said, ‘It is not good for man to be alone.’ He then created a woman for Adam, from the earth, as He had created Adam himself, and called her Lilith. Adam and Lilith immediately began to fight. She said, ‘I will not lie below,’ and he said, ‘I will not lie beneath you, but only on top. For you are fit only to be in the bottom position, while I am to be the superior one.’ Lilith responded, ‘We are equal to each other inasmuch as we were both created from the earth.’ But they would not listen to one another. When Lilith saw this, she pronounced the Ineffable Name and flew away into the air.

Adam stood in prayer before his Creator: ‘Sovereign of the universe!’ he said, ‘the woman you gave me has run away.’ At once, the Holy One, blessed be He, sent these three angels Senoy, Sansenoy, and Semangelof, to bring her back.

Said the Holy One to Adam, ‘If she agrees to come back, what is made is good. If not, she must permit one hundred of her children to die every day.’ The angels left God and pursued Lilith, whom they overtook in the midst of the sea, in the mighty waters wherein the Egyptians were destined to drown. They told her God’s word, but she did not wish to return. The angels said, ‘We shall drown you in the sea.’

‘Leave me!’ she said. ‘I was created only to cause sickness to infants. If the infant is male, I have dominion over him for eight days after his birth, and if female, for twenty days.’

When the angels heard Lilith’s words, they insisted she go back. But she swore to them by the name of the living and eternal God: ‘Whenever I see you or your names or your forms in an amulet, I will have no power over that infant.’ She also agreed to have one hundred of her children die every day. Accordingly, every day one hundred demons perish, and for the same reason, we write the angels’ names on the amulets of young children. When Lilith sees their names, she remembers her oath, and the child recovers.

And a lot of oder appearences, like in the Greco-Roman mythology, the Treatise on the Left Emanation, the Kabbalah, in the Victorian Period, the Faust from Goethe and many many others. But my point is the modern occultism.

Few magical orders dedicated to the undercurrent of Lilith, featuring initiations specifically related to the arcana of the “first mother” exist. Two organizations that use initiations and magic associated with Lilith are the Ordo Antichristianus Illuminati and the Order of Phosphorus, both Masonic. Lilith appears as a succuba in Aleister Crowley’s De Arte Magica. Lilith was also one of the middle names of Crowley’s first child, Ma Ahathoor Hecate Sappho Jezebel Lilith Crowley (b. 1904, d.1906), and Lilith is sometimes identified with Babalon in Thelemic writings. A Chaos Magical rite, based on an earlier German rite, offers a ceremonial Invocation of Lilith:

Dark is she, but brilliant! Black are her wings, black on black! Her lips are red as rose, kissing all of the Universe! She is Lilith, who leadeth forth the hordes of the Abyss, and leadeth man to liberation! She is the irresistible fulfiller of all lust, seer of desire. First of all women was she – Lilith, not Eve was the first! Her hand brings forth the revolution of the Will and true freedom of the mind! She is KI-SI-KIL-LIL-LA-KE, Queen of the Magic! Look on her in lust and despair!”
—Lilith Ritus, from the German by Joseph Max

In the modern ways, the RPGame Vampire: The Masquerade, created by the organization WhiteWolf, shows Lilith as the first vampire. The first wife of Adam, which was punnished for her revolt.

This apocryphal story is detailed in the Book of Nod (created by WhiteWolf) as the Cycle of Lilith and in the Revelations of the Dark Mother, a Bahari text which tells the Book of Nod from Lilith’s perspective. Some say the story lends evidence to support the theory that Lilith was one of the first mages, perhaps one of the predecessors of the Verbena (tradition of mages in the Old World of Darkness). And how does he repay her? By abandoning her as well, to wander forever apart, mother of monsters and thief of infant breaths. Caine goes on to found Enoch and Lilith leaves the scene.

She appears like a succubus to bring Cain to darkness and to teach him how to sourvive without God. The fragments bellow explain a bit of it:

Then there came to me
A sweet voice,
A honey voice
Words of succor.
Words of surcease.

A woman, dark and
Lovely,
With eyes the
Pierced the
Darkness
Came to
Me.

[…]

‘I am your Father’s first wife,
Who disagreed with the One Above
And gained Freedom in the Darkness.
I am Lilith.

– Book of Nod – The Coming Of Lilith

(The Book Of Nod – Part 2 – Lilith’s Magick [Click to Enlarge])

And on the Part 2 of the Book of Nod, she shows herself as a vampire:

And so, Lilith, bright-eyed Lilith,
Awakened me.
She cut herself with a knife
Bled for me into a bowl.
I drank deep, It was sweet.

-The Book Of Nod – Lilith’s Magick

Vampiric DNA

Posted in Myths x Science on 03/23/2010 by WickedGentleman

Don’t read it if you don’t like vampires who can have children. (I particularly don’t like this idea.)

(…)

The genetics of vampires have been discussed many times in our various communities. And today we have a lot of possibilities of the genetic theory for vampirism.

There are many vampires who believe to come from the Nephilim, Aliens, or various god-like figures such as Caine, Lilith, Set or Osiris. All of these have one common theme: A line of descent from one or more progenitors to present day vampires. A line of descent implies a genetic reason for vampirism. This doesn’t rule out other reasons such as environmental or spiritual, but does indicate at least one part of vampirism is genetic.

If vampirism is genetic it has to be recessive. By this we can suppose that it is carried from generation to generation through a recessive gene as opposed to a dominant one.

A little bit of biology:

All genes come in pairs. These can be dominant/dominant, dominant/recessive, or recessive/recessive. Dominant genes always overpower the recessive ones. As such, a dominant feature (due to a dominant gene) is much more common to have as opposed to a recessive one. For more information on this, consult an upper level high school book on biology.

More specifically to humans and vampires:

If we make H = Dominant Human Gene
and we make v = Recessive Vampire Gene

How would a vampire be created through genetics? Let us explore the possibilities:

A man and a woman have children. The man and the woman have the possibility of the following gene combinations:

HH = Totally Human
Hv = Human but a carrier of the recessive vampire gene
vv = Totally Vampire

Let us now take 5 different couples:

Couple 1 is HH and HH (both parents are human)

Couple 2 is HH and Hv (one parent is human the other is a carrier of vampire dna)

Couple 3 is HH and vv (one parent is human the other is a vampire)

Couple 4 is Hv and vv (one parent is a carrier of vampire dna the other is a vampire)

Couple 5 is vv and vv (both parents are vampires)

(There are some areas of genetics that are only passed by one sex or the other. For now, let us just go with the idea that vampirism can be carried and instanciated by both men and women. As such the sex of the above couples is irrelevant.)

Now, let us see the offspring of each couple:

Couple 1 (HH and HH) would have the following offspring:

1stH + 1stH = Totally human
1stH + 2ndH = Totally human
2ndH + 1stH = Totally human
2ndH + 2ndH = Totally human

Here we see that totally human parents have a 100% chance of producing a totally human offspring.

Couple 2 (HH and Hv) would have the following offspring:

1stH + H = Totally human
1stH + v = Human who is a Carrier of Vampire dna
2ndH + H = Totally human
2ndH + v = Human who is a Carrier of Vampire dna

Here we see that this couple would have a 50% chance of producing totally human offspring and 50% chance of producing a human who is a carrier for vampire dna.

Couple 3 (HH and vv) would have the following offspring:

1stH + 1stv = Human who is a Carrier of Vampire dna
1stH + 2ndv = Human who is a Carrier of Vampire dna
2ndH + 1stv = Human who is a Carrier of Vampire dna
2ndH + 2ndv = Human who is a Carrier of Vampire dna

This couple has a 100% chance of producing a Human who is a carrier of vampire dna.

Couple 4 (Hv and vv) would have the following offspring:

H + 1stv = Human who is a Carrier of Vampire dna
H + 2ndv = Human who is a Carrier of Vampire dna
v + 1stv = Vampire
v + 2ndv = Vampire

This couple has a 50% chance of producing a carrier for vampire dna and a 50% chance for producing a real vampire.

Couple 5 (vv and vv) would have the following offspring:

1stv + 1stv = Vampire
1stv + 2ndv = Vampire
2ndv + 1stv = Vampire
2ndv + 2ndv = Vampire

This couple has a 100% chance of producing a vampire.

In summary we have the following potentials:

Couple 1: 100% Human
Couple 2: 50% Human, 50% Carrier
Couple 3: 100% Carrier
Couple 4: 50% Vampire, 50% Carrier
Couple 5: 100% Vampire

I would now like to address the three main types of vampires we seem to encounter:

Vampires who know what they are virtually from birth
Vampires who awaken themselves later on in life (usually around puberty)
Vampires who must be awakened (often said to be turned) by others

There’s a suggestion that those who are products of Couple 5 are much more likely to know what they are from birth.

Those who are products of Couple 4 are more likely to self-Awaken later on in life.

Those who are carriers, which can be from Couple 2, 3 or 4 are the ones that many call Latent Vampires, or those who are ‘turned’ by other vampires already Awakened.

(These Latent Vampires can also self-Awaken but are much less likely too in comparison to offspring with both recessive vampire genes as opposed to one recessive one.)

Based on this creed, we can find a lot of histories. Most of them are about ‘half-vampires’ or children from humans and vampires.

This theory that vampire can have children brought also another theory that the vampire incidence on the medieval age was stonger around Europe, because of the commom practice of consanguineous marriage. At this time was very common to marry anyone from your own fammily, specialy in the real families (Blood Countess case, maybe…) and consequentily more people with the recessive gene were born, brigging more and more vampires to life.

This consanguineous marriage was also very common around Romanian and in the Transylvanian territory, It mays also mean that Vlad III, the Impaler (OH GOD…!) can be a natual-born vampire too.

Many people really believe in the Vampiric DNA theory, and they also have two different ways of thinking. For exemple, there are some people who say that, based on the Vampiric DNA theory, now a days we all needed to have the vampire recessive genome. That means, a minimun of 90% of the actual population were needed to be Carriers of the Vampire Genome, or to be ‘half-vampires’, during the many years of reproduction.

There is also another theory, which says the vampire genome was extinct with the plague in the dark ages. And that this genome is able to come back, with mutations and another genome things… You may believe in whatever you want.

Source: Bloodlines.com (now, not working anymore….)

Child-eater daemon

Posted in Myths x Science on 03/17/2010 by WickedGentleman

In ancient Greek mythology, Lamia was a beautiful queen of Libya (Ancient Lybia – Noth Africa) who became a child-eating daemon (Tô the ancient greeks: good or malevolent supernatural beings between mortals and gods, such as inferior divinities and ghosts of dead heroes). While the word lamia literally means large shark in Greek, Aristophanes (ca. 446 – ca. 386 BC, prolific and much acclaimed comic dramatist) claimed her name derived from the Greek word for gullet (λαιμός; laimos), referring to her habit of devouring children.

Some accounts say she has a serpent’s tail below the waist. This popular description of her is largely due to Lamia, a poem by John Keats (31 October 1795 – 23 February 1821) published in 1819, if you are interessed to read, you can find it here.

Antoninus Liberalis (an ancient greek grammarian who probably flourished between AD 100 and 300.) uses Lamia as an alternate name for the serpentine drakaina (female dragon) Sybaris. However, Diodorus Siculus (a Greek historian who flourished in the 1st century BC) describes her as having nothing more than a distorted face.

Later traditions referred to many lamiae; folkloric monsters similar to vampires and succubi that seduced young men and then fed on their blood.

According to Diodorus Siculus, Lamia was born the beautiful daughter of Belus (the son of Poseidon and Libya) King of Egypt. Upon her father’s death she became queen of one of his territories, Libya. However, while visiting Delphi (south-western spur of  Mount Parnassus – Greece), Pausanias, who was a Greek traveler and geographer of the 2nd century AD, remarks that Lamia was the daughter of  Poseidon. He also states that Lamia and Zeus were the parents of Herophile, a noted sibyl.

Diodorus goes on to relate that Lamia had an affair with Zeus and bore him children. When Hera, Zeus’s wife, discovered the affair, she became enraged and killed the children. Driven insane with grief, Lamia began devouring other children, and, according to Diodorus, her face became hideously distorted from her grisly deeds.

Zeus then gave her the ability to remove her eyes. In Diodorus the purpose of this is unclear, but other versions state this came with the gift of prophecy. Zeus did this to appease Lamia in her grief over the loss of her children.

Later stories state that Lamia was cursed with the inability to close her eyes so that she would always obsess over the image of her dead children. Some accounts say that Hera forced Lamia to devour her own children. Myths variously describe Lamia’s monstrous (occasionally serpentine) appearance as a result of either Hera’s wrath, the pain of grief, the madness that drove her to murder, or – in some rare versions – a natural result of being Hecate’s daughter.

Horace (Roman lyric poet ~ Also very apreciated by Pandora in Anne Rice’s Vampire Chronicles) says in Ars Poetica (l.340) imagines the impossibility of retrieving the living children she has eaten:

Neu pranse Lamiae vivum puerum extrabat alvo.

(Shall Lamia in our sight her sons devour, and give them back alive the self-same hour?)

~Translated by: Alexander Pope (21 May 1688 – 30 May 1744) eighteenth century English poet.

A Lamia can be seen in the movie Pan’s Labyrinth. The movie version also has the appetite for small children and can take her eyes off their sockets.

In ancient vampiric folklore, some vampires named themselves “Lamia“. This distinction separated the made vampires from the born vampires. References to Lamia in the context of vampire folklore have persisted well past ancient times. As Judith Roof explains, the “1990s exhumations of the vampire certainly do not stop at Dracula, but rightfully point to the folkloric origins of blood-imbibing figures from Lilith the Indian Kali and the Lamia of Greece.”

Lamia tend to have distant personalities. They are constantly daydreaming in a humans eyes. It is a suitable pose that hides the fact they are trying to block out all thoughts of others around them, either that or they are listening intently. They appear dumb when actually they have strong minds that know more then any other eyes have ever seen. They have a second form they ontake that has similar appearances to that of a gargoyle. They are stony skinned and have a huge wing span. They are well equipt for hunting and can become in a rabid state when hunting, losing all memory of the hunt in some occasions, sometimes leading to the death of their loved ones.

They are naturally nocturnal creatures so walking amongst humans does make them weary, let alone taking on the everyday life of a human.

They also have three tribes; Twilight, Sunlight and midnight. Twilight vampires are just good vampires that only drain blood without killing. Sunlight vampires believe that humans and vampires should be in peace so tend to form relationships with humans. Midnight vampires are selfish beings, descendants from Maya that kill when taking blood and take astounding amounts of blood just for power…

Human Vampiric Virus

Posted in Myths x Science on 06/15/2009 by WickedGentleman

This Human Vampiric Virus was suposed by an Italian scientist called Ludovico Fatinelli in the year 1616. He wrote his thesis about Vampirism in a book called Treatise on Vampires, in which he speculated that vampirism was caused by a microscopic pathogen. His thesis  included the results of the work of countless dedicated men and women. Well… After that he was condemned for heresy and burned… But science never gave up ;D…. Though Fatinelli was gone, his research lived on. For years after his death, illicit copies of his banned treatise made their way through Europe’s scientific communities and helped pave the way for important work by scientists like the Englishman Edward Jenner, who created the first vaccine in 1795.

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Ludovico Fatinelli

The Virus:

fleaThe virus was called Human Vampiric Virus and he speculated that this virus had a natural host, a flea commonly found on cave-dwelling bats, especially the vampire bat, this flea was called Xenopsylla cheopsis . Like Rabies, HVV belongs to the order Mononegavirales, viruses with a nonsegmented, negative-stranded RNA genome.

Commonly, a bat which has been bitten by the flea passes the virus on to livestock and humans through a bite.

While in theory HVV infection is possible through any exchange of bodily fluids, transmission occurs through the bite of an infected person in virtually every case.

Stages of the Disease:

1- Infection:

Within hours of being bitten, the victim develops a headache, fever, chills and other symptoms as the body tries to fight off the infection. These symptoms can be easily confused with more common viral infections, although the presence of bite marks on the body are usually enough to confirm the diagnosis. This stage generally lasts between six and twelve hours, during which the vaccine is 100 percent effective.

2 – Vampiric coma:

oldvampWithin 24 hours of being bitten, the victim will slip into a vampiric coma. During this phase, the pulse slows, breathing is shallow and the pupils are dilated. The large numbers of people mistakenly buried alive while in vampiric comas gave rise to the myth that vampires sleep in coffins. While it is commonly thought that anyone infected with HVV turns into a vampire, in fact only a small percentage of people survive vampiric comas. Generally, the young, the old and the feeble never come out of their vampiric comas and eventually die. The vast majority of people who survive vampiric comas are males between the ages of 18 to 35. Vampiric comas last about a day; the victim usually comes out of the coma the night after its onset. The vaccine is 50 percent effective when administered during this stage of the infection. The longer the victim has been in the coma, the less effective the vaccine.

3 – Transformation:

A bite victim who survives the coma will awaken fully transformed into a vampire. An acclimation period follows, characterized by confusion, despondency and paranoia. Most vampires begin to hunt within 24 hours of transformation. The vaccine is of no use at this point.

Mathematic Scepticism

Untill today some people still believe in the exsistence of the HVV. To destroy the mythological virus, the american magazine Skeptical Inquirer published a mathematic calculation to prove that there is no vampires living in earth.

This calculation is simple: each person that has been bitten by a vampire turns into a new vampire. In this way, the vampire population grows up in a geometric progression and the human population begins to disapear in the same way. If the first vampire came up in 1600 AD,  when the world had 563 million of people, and they really had fed themselves with human blood one time in a month, then just 30 months would be necessary untill the whole humanity turns into vampires.

I’ll keep believing that they’re here between us ;D……