The untold history of vampires: real facts, folklore and fantasy
Happy Halloween! Are you ready to find out more about the origins of vampires, world's scariest nightmare?
Have you ever dressed up as a vampire for Halloween? If not, you have definitely seen one of the terrifying movies about them. But do you know the real history behind the ghost stories about these scary supernatural creatures? Their image has changed a lot over time. Modern generation believes vampires sparkle, but the image portrayed in Bram Stoker's renowned novel Dracula still remains classic. In fact, there is a lot we don't know about vampires' history. Let's find out together with this colorful video featuring the most charismatic vampire:
Here are 7 little-known facts about vampires and their history:
#1 The myths about the precursors to modern vampires appeared in prehistoric times
#2 Vampires' mythical ancestors didn't have a lot in common with their modern image
They were described as blood-thirsty birds, flying female heads, terrible creatures with lion heads and blood-sucking hands and feet!
#3 The modern ideal of a vampire is quite old
It emerged in the 18th century in Eastern Europe.
#4 Bram Stoker's influence
Such vampires' attributes as weakness in sunlight, inability to see their reflection, and fear of crucifixes were invented by Bram Stoker in his novel and have lasted over the years.
#5 Unknown diseases may have inspired tales if vampires
The main reason the vampire myths appeared was the increase of unknown diseases and plagues. People just needed a simple explanation of numerous deaths.
#6 Europeans even dug up bodies to discern the cause of mysterious deaths
As the cadavers had longer hair and nails, the villagers believed they were still alive and... feasting on the living at night!
#7 People used to believe that one can be born a vampire
The most popular way to become a vampire is to be bitten by one of them, but it has also changed throughout history. In the Middle Ages, children born with abnormalities were identified as revenants or future vampires.
Why do you think the legends about vampires have lasted for so long? Share your thoughts with us in the comments below!
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