The Mystery Of Vampires And True Blood

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Abstract
Vampires fill the world of the shadows and superstition with images of fanged beast ready to feast on human blood from the dark. Creatures creeping from the grave while looking for victims to feed on. While the ideas and classical imagining of vampires have changed greatly from the classical folklore stories to the large screen imaging we see today with twilight and True Blood, one thing is certain, Vampires have traveled across continent as well as eons of time and influenced culture. With this paper, the exploration of the connections between the different cultures that have vampire folklore and what those connections are.

Vampires: Cultural Connections
The actual definition of the word vampire and it origin is still mysterious as the creature it is used to described but one thing is certain that there are debates as to where the word came from. From the earliest mention of the creatures being present in early Mesopotamian texts, to Eastern Europe, the creatures that are revenants or beings that have returned from the dead and that feed off the living. In folklore this creature is prevalent in stories from Eastern Europe as well as lands to the north as well as Africa and Mesoamerica.
Early Beginnings
In order to explain things around them, early civilizations would often create stories on things that could not be explained. This had been seen in the creation of the world as well as why people die and what happens after. The vampire can reasonably be seen in…
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