The Superstitious And Mythical Figure Of The Vampire

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The superstitious and mythical figure of the vampire has been seen throughout all era’s off history. It is a figure of mythology that is transcendent in an abundance of cultures and regions. The most significant aspect of the vampire is its ability to redefine itself throughout history and continued to stay relevant to society. The most modern and commonly known definition of vampires is a preternatural being know to be a corpse that resurrects from the dead and lives of the living, by draining humans of their blood, until a it is impaled by a wooden stick or burned. In ancient history we see the myth of the vampire appearing in burial traditions, showing vast similarities to the modern day definition of the vampire. We see this appear in various cultures and regions like the Tibetans, ancient Babylonia, Egypt, Greece, and Rome (Wotherspoon, 6-8). In The Tibetan Book of the Dead, it is explained by Lama Kazi Dawa that, they believe if a spirit sees its corpse, it will try to reclaim its body resulting in vampirism. For this reason, it was common for Tibetans to opt out of an earth burial and chose a fire burial or in modern terms –cremation (Dawa-Samdup, 26). In ancient Babylonia, a tablet was found with an inscription that explains their burial traditions. In this inscription, it states the Babylonians belief that if specific burial traditions where not followed an evil force will come from their grave (Summers, 220). This belief could very well be a parallel to the

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