A handsome pale face with long sharp fangs that drip blood is probably a sight that most nightmares would be made of. Thanks to current pop culture though, this scary sight has become an ultimate fantasy for most females. Vampires have always been a fascinating figure that has struck dread and excitement into the hearts of people.
But the decade long debate still ensues on whether vampires are real or are they purely made believe creatures. They could exist in real life and walk among us or could just be a part of a fable; facts support both sides.
Origin Of The folklore
Vampires had existed from the time of Ancient Greece, in those times when knowledge about various diseases was less, and often symptoms were given a supernatural turn. Diseases like porphyria, that affects chemical compound useful in making up hemoglobin made patient's skin blister when it was exposed to the Sun. The bodily waste took a purple hue and made one look quite eerie.
Vlad the Impaler was an actual prince who ruled over provinces in Romania, his father’s name was Vlad Dracul. Vlad the Impaler was well known for his cruelty, and his brutal punishment of impalement gave rise to the legend of vampire Count Dracula in Bram Stoker's 1897 novel Dracula.
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Are Vampires Real?
The Edward Cullen of 'Twilight' and Eric Northman of 'True Blood' may just be a byproduct of female fantasy but there is more to the image of the charming blood drinkers. The earlier legends of these beings also originated from the barbarian tribes that lived away from civilizations, in Ancient Greece, the barbarians from outside were considered bloodsuckers who partook in black magic. In South America, The Incas believed them to be the wild men that lived beyond city borders.
Many types of research have been done into the topic, and there are certain skin conditions and diseases that force people to avoid the Sun. There are also those who consider themselves vampires and live a life of a sanguine i.e., a blood drinker.
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Where Do They Live?
Currently, a man named John Edgar Browning who is doing a detailed research on vampires has discovered a group of men and women living in New Orleans and Buffalo and very similar to the classic description of vampires. They don’t turn into bats but live a nocturnal life and yes, feed on blood. There have been those who have taken this unusual habit as a regular course of life such as Georgina Condon who has been drinking blood from willing donors all her life.
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Are They Immortal?
The vampires on television might live up to 100s of years while looking like they are still in their 20s but that’s not the case in real life. For those who take up such a life, their mortality does not get affected by feeding on someone’s essence. Whether it's psychic’ or ‘psy’ vampires who feed on the auras of other people or sanguinarian who feed on blood, death is an inevitability that no one can escape.
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