Friday, August 22, 2008

Vampires, Blood Sucking Good!

Whenever you hear the word or name Vampire, a lot of things come to mind. Dracula, Fangs, Blood, Garlic, Crosses, Sunlight, Darkness. Hollywood glamourizes it with their movies, yet it is believed that there have been recent occurences where Vampires were actually seen.

Wikipedia defines Vampires as mythological or folkloric revenants who subsist by feeding on the blood of the living. Hollywood defines them as Tom Cruise, Wesley Snipes, Brad Pitt, Salma Hayek just to name a few. Vampires date back to as long as time exists. Wether they were captured as characters in books or movies, or just plain old Rumored to be living amongst us, the myth of Vampires is alive.

People have certain perspectives when it comes to these blood sucking creatures. Most if not all are frightened by the thought, some are curious as to why they are what they are and some are even infatuated with the thought of a Vampire being "Attractive".

They're described as being pale, have sharp fangs and wear dark clothes, long trenchcoats and come out at night. But that description came to be popular in the 18th century, before then they were said to look different, they wore shrouds and were often described as bloated and of ruddy or dark countenance, as opposed to their pale complexion of now. It's been said that in folkloric tales, that Vamps would visit their loved ones and caused havoc and mischief, adding to their death counts.

Although vampiric entities have been recorded in most cultures, after an influx of vampire superstition into Western Europe from areas where vampire legends were frequent, such as the Balkans and Eastern Europe, although local variants were also known by different names like strigoi in Romania. This increased level of vampire superstition in Europe led to a lot of questions with no answers, and what can only be called mass hysteria and in some cases resulted in corpses actually being staked and people being accused of vampirism. Sort of like the Salem Witch Trials. This was similar to that in the sense that people were accusing others of Vampire acts. With that mass hysteria also came the popularization of the name Vampire, so we have the Europeans to thank for that.

Nowadays however, the word and name vampire is generally held to be a fictitious entity, basically FAKE, although belief in similar vampiric creatures such as the chupacabra still persists in some cultures. The Chupacabra, or Goat Sucker, was first seen in Puerto Rico, when Dogs, chicken and other livestock were suddenly found dead or dissapeared. Later, the chupacabra was also "spotted" here in the states, Brownsville, TX came to be the only state to inhabit the myth that is the goat sucker.

This is what was sketched out when onlookers were told to describe the Chupacabra:

Early folkloric belief in vampires has been ascribed to the ignorance of the body's process of decomposition after death, basically saying the body wouldnt decompose the way it was supposed to, and how people in pre-industrial societies tried to rationalise this, and make this just. Pre industrial societies meaning before we had a certain structure in our societies, like before captalism and the advent or the coming of the Industrial Revolution. This shaped and created the figure of the vampire to explain the mysteries of death. Porphyria was also linked with legends of vampirism in 1985 and received much media exposure, but has since been largely discredited.

Some Images of Hollywood and Modern Day Vampires:

Tom Cruise:

Sexy ass Kate Beckinsale:

GOD? NO GOD...Great Movie:

Queen of the Damned:

The charismatic and sophisticated vampire of modern time was born, or first brought to us in 1819 with the publication of The Vampyre by John Polidori; the story was highly successful and arguably the most influential vampire work of the early 19th century. However, it is Bram Stoker's 1897 novel Dracula which is remembered as the quintessential vampire novel and provided the basis of the modern vampire legend and gave us the name DRACULA. The success of this book spawned a distinctive vampire genre, wether they were fighting other vampires, beating up werewolves or in Paris, Vamps are still popular in the 21st century, with books, films, and television shows. The vampire has since become a dominant figure in the horror genre.

National Geographic had an interesting documentary on Vampires here in the states. Here is a smal snipet of the show. Enjoy:


JEGZ aka Black Casanova said...

I liked it homie. I've heard of different groups still practicing vampire acts. That's kind of crazy. But speaking of vampire movies, Interview w/ the Vampire and the Underworld movies are my favorites. I also love the classic Lost Boys w/ Keifer Sutherland. BTW, if you're looking for a good vampire and werewolf series, check out the Twilight Series by Stephenie Meyer, I bought the first one of 4 books, haven't started it yet, but I heard it's official. Human girl, falling in love w/ a vampire, and then maybe a werewolf...etc. Nice one.

Mr Bru Cru said...

Mirenda is on the 2nd book nigga shes dying for the movie to come out nigga..have you seen the preview??? it looks official tissue..LOL