Vampires have been seen and documented throughout history The history

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Vampires have been seen and documented throughout history. The history of
vampires goes further back in time than most people realize. The chaldeans, who lived
near the Euphrates river in the southwestern part of Asia more than five hundred years
before the time of Christ , feared vampire or creatures similar to vampires enough so that
they created charms to protect themselves from being attacked by such creatures. The
Assyrians and the Babylonians feared a creature similar to a vampire known as an
Ekimmu. These creatures known as Ekimmus were believed by the Assyrians to roam the
planet searching for food although it was not always a persons blood but rather a persons'
vitality or that persons' energy force. It was believed that if such a creature would enter
someone's house that person along with his or her family would slowly weaken, get sick
and probably die. In the countries of Syria and Palestine references were made to such
blood sucking monsters on ancient carved tablets. In Ireland the people believed in these
creatures, which they affectionately came to call "red blood suckers" . Due to their belief
in these mythical creatures they began the practice of placing stones on these vampires
graves to kep them from escaping.This then became standard practice and is still used to
this day in the form of a tombstone. Tombstones were used to control ghosts and other
spirits instead of their original use in controlling vampires.
Due to the fact that vampires seemed to be so commonplace around the globe,
there was a large variety of vampires that differed in shape, behavior and method of
becoming a vampire. All of these factors varied from region to region. In the country of
Bulgaria a vampire had only one nostril. This Bulgarian vampire would rise out of it's
grave nine days after death in the form of a shower of sparks and remained in this shape
for a period of forty days. After the completion of these forty days the shower of sparks
would regain it's human form. Once human-like the vampire goes from playing childish
tricks, which it did in it's "spark" form , to more serious matters , such as the attacking of
humans and drinking of their blood. Vampires are well known for their craving for
blood but in many countries vampires were not limited to just that substance as part of
their diet, but would also consume foods that humans ate such as eggs and rice. That,
however, does not mean that their yearn for blood was any weaker than before. Most
vampires would attack their victims and suck the blood from puncture wounds made in
the neck (The Russian vampire would suck the blood directly from the victims heart).
Sometimes the vampire would gorge itself until it had drained the victim completely
while other times it would take just enough to satisfy that night's thirst and come back the
following night and take a bit more. The method of drinking from the same victim night
after night would cause the victim to get weaker and weaker . Due to the fact that the
victim was indeed attacked by a vampire, that would mean that upon the victims death
they too would become "undead." (. Vampires p22)
Certain cultures around the globe also had systems to recognize vampires. In
some cultures vampires were distinguished due to the color of their hair. In most
Christian countries vampires could be recognized because they had red hair like Judas
Iscariot, the man who betrayed Christ in the bible, was said to have had red hair. Eye
color was another tell-tale sign used to identify vampires. In Greece ,where most people
have dark colored eyes, vampires were said to have blue eyes, Rumania they were said to
have had gray eyes, and in Ireland they had black eyes.
Vampires have been around for centuries , in some cases they have been
recognized and feared by cultures that were around thousands of years before the time of
Christ, such as the Babylonians and the Assyrians. Throughout the ages many medical
explanations that could explain the vampire phenomena have been overlooked. The first
reason was the lack of education that many people, because schooling was not an
important part of these societies. Their lack of medical knowledge about diseases, some
of which are quite rare and hard to explain even to this day was a large factor in the
spread of vampire lore. Along with the fact that very uneducated people have always had
a tendency

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