Classic Vampirism and Recent Changes

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CLASSIC VAMPIRISM AND RECENT CHANGES
Change often occurs due to the simple nature of time. What once stood as a finite and steadfast definition will shift and evolve. Genres bleed into one another and mix mythologies. The realm of the supernatural in literature does not lie outside this trend. Wizards no longer call themselves Merlin and spend their days under the patronage of a heroic king; the average wizard now goes by common names like Harry or Ron and attends school, saving the world on the side. Cyclops presently means a man with laser eyes who wears leather and fights crime, not a one-eyed island beast. Vampirism does not escape such change. No longer can one consistently find a vampire to be the bloodthirsty life-sucking demon of
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Control of animals: Power extends over many creatures, including insects, rats, fleas, and bats.
Eternal life: Varies in length; not all vampires are immortal.
Scale walls: Vampires are as nimble as spiders.
Transformation: Vampires can turn into bats, cats, dogs, wolves, butterflies, insects, rats, birds, fleas, mice, and locusts.
Drain life force or psychic energy: An attribute of the psychic vampire. (Bunson 212)
The varied and numerous strengths of the traditional vampire serve to aid them in feeding on and attacking humans. The supernatural qualities of the vampire’s abilities only further the distinction of vampires as inhuman. Weaknesses and methods of destroying a vampire are likewise listed:
Common Methods:
Staking: The most commonly used method in the world.
Beheading: Avoid splattering of blood.
Sunlight: Some aged and powerful vampires are immune.
Cremation: Found throughout the world; scatter the ashes.
Piercing with a sword: A blessed sword should be used.
Immersing in water: A bathtub can be used, but body disposal may prove a problem.
Drenching in garlic and holy water: Large amounts have to be hauled to the gravesite to assure a clean kill; oil, wine, or vinegar can also be used.
Touching with a crucifix: Destroys a young vampire but is normally used only as a repellent.
Trapping in the grave: Iron bits, red peas, rice (for Chinese species), roses, garlic, stones, and holy water can be used. Extracting
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