The Folklore of the Undead Essay

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Of course, most people don’t believe in the undead, and for good reason. Some people who claim to be Vampires or Vampire hunters are in fact only doing it to get attention, such as the Dogs Of War “vampire hunting group” who later admitted to being frauds.(www.choronzon.com) There are also many conflicting ideas of what a vampire is, or on definitions of vampires. Vourdalak vampires, for instance, are always female, whereas, while females are more commonly vampires, it is by no means a rule in other folklore. (Vampire Grimoire) The Zmeu, on the other hand, is completely ridiculous creature, being a candle flame which took the form of a beautiful man to seduce women. (Vampire Grimoire) This is so far removed from other vampires it should not even be placed in the same category, yet it is, as it feeds on the women whom it seduces. Of course there are also differences between the past and the present ideas of vampires. Vampires have not always been associated with the bats which they are now almost synonymous with, which gives less credibility to modern vampire sightings where they turn into bats.(Man, Myth, And Magic) Most people say they don’t believe in the undead because of “common sense.” There are a lot of good reasons for saying this. A lot of “vampires” out there are nutcases, such as this man: ”Hi, I’m Craig, and I’ve been a vampire since about the age of 5”(interview with the vampire, Cult Vampire Magazine). Some people may pretend to be vampires, to find a place…