Facts About Vampires or Fiction?
Since the existence of such a mystical creature has never been proven, facts about vampires must be gathered largely from folklore. Modern medical science can shed a little light on what may cause the "vampire's" thirst for blood. Beyond that, the facts are mainly anectdotal and just about impossible to verify. Still, it is fascinating to delve into the rich history surrounding vampiric lore. Explore a few of these facts in the following pages.
The single most compelling fact about vampires is that they are said to drink blood in order to survive. Legend has it that human blood is the vampire's preference, but the blood of animals can be used as a substitute. Could at least some cases of vampirism be explained away as undiagnosed cases of porphyria, a condition that causes pale skin, photosensitivity and other symptoms that reflect part of historical vampire lore?
This type of vampire is definitely not a blood drinker. Instead, PSIs feed on the psychic energy of others. The act is typically performed with a willing partner or "donor" who allows the PSI to physically and emotionally connect and withdraw the energy.
Folklore has it that the vampire's image doesn't reflect in a mirror. Even a piece of furniture produces a reflection, so this fact is particularly difficult to believe. Perhaps the mirror lore is a distortion of the old practice of holding a mirror beneath a person's nose to detect whether or not he was still alive and breathing. If vampires are truly undead, they wouldn't leave any condensation from their breath on the mirror's surface because they have no need to breathe.
Aversion to Garlic
Garlic has long been used to repel vampires, and this fact may hold a kernel of truth. Garlic has a distinctly strong odor that many people find repellent. If vampires truly have heightened senses as many legends say, the odor of garlic must seem overpowering. It would be far easier to seek another victim than endure the smell.
Unable to Endure Sunlight
Nearly all the vampire legends claim that vampires cannot endure the sunlight so they must wait for sunset to emerge and return to shelter before dawn. Older stories claim the sun's rays will turn a vampire into dust. People who claim to be modern day vampires say this is an exaggeration. They report photosensitivity that causes headaches and faster than average sunburns, but no bursting into flames and disintegrating. Unless of course, you want to consider the topic of spontaneous combustion...
Aversion to Holy Relics
It's said that one of the few ways to defend yourself from a vampire attack is to hold off the evil creature with a silver cross or preferably a crucifix with the image of Christ as used in the Catholic Rite of Exorcism. Holy water is also supposed to repel a vampire because coming into contact with it causes pain and scarring of the creature's skin.
Beyond the blood or energy consumption, tales of immortality are one of the most fascinating of all so-called vampire facts. The prospect of living forever is very attractive to some people; perhaps attractive enough to want to become one of these creatures of legend.
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