Vampire Ancient Beliefs
Supernatural Beings Consuming the Blood or Flesh of the Living
Supernatural Beings Consuming the Blood or Flesh of the Living
Vampire Ancient Beliefs - This is a documentary about vampires and sexuality. The expert in the video is Benita Blessing, a long-time vampire expert and college professor. All of the additional film clips are gathered from B-roll and the individual films/shows/songs are not owned by me in any way. I hope you enjoy this short documentary.
Tales of supernatural beings consuming the blood or flesh of the living have been found in nearly every culture around the world for many centuries.
Today we would associate these entities with vampires, but in ancient times, the term vampire did not exist; blood drinking and similar activities were attributed to demons or spirits who would eat flesh and drink blood; even the Devil was considered synonymous with the vampire.
Almost every nation has associated blood drinking with some kind of revenant or demon, or in some cases a deity. In India, for example, tales of vetalas, ghoul-like beings that inhabit corpses, have been compiled in the Baital Pachisi; a prominent story in the Kathasaritsagara tells of King Vikramāditya and his nightly quests to capture an elusive one.
Pishacha, the returned spirits of evil-doers or those who died insane, also bear vampiric attributes. The Ancient Indian goddess Kali, with fangs and a garland of corpses or skulls, was also intimately linked with the drinking of blood. In ancient Egypt, the goddess Sekhmet drank blood.
The Persians were one of the first civilizations to have tales of blood-drinking demons: creatures attempting to drink blood from men were depicted on excavated pottery shards.
Ancient Babylonia and Assyria had tales of the mythical Lilitu, synonymous with and giving rise to Lilith and her daughters the Lilu from Hebrew demonology. Lilitu was considered a demon and was often depicted as subsisting on the blood of babies.
However, the Jewish counterparts were said to feast on both men and women, as well as newborns. Ancient Greek and Roman mythology described the Empusae, the Lamia, and the striges. Over time the first two terms became general words to describe witches and demons respectively.
Empusa was the daughter of the goddess Hecate and was described as a demonic, bronze-footed creature. She feasted on blood by transforming into a young woman and seduced men as they slept before drinking their blood. The Lamia preyed on young children in their beds at night, sucking their blood, as did the gelloudes or Gello.
Like the Lamia, the striges feasted on children, but also preyed on young men. They were described as having the bodies of crows or birds in general, and were later incorporated into Roman mythology as strix, a kind of nocturnal bird that fed on human flesh and blood.
Popular Movies Regarding Vampires
Old Vampire Cultures in our Modern Movies
The Lost Boys
The Lost Boys is a movie which came out in 1987 and is considered one of the best vampire movies of all time.
Following the divorce of their parents, Micheal [Jason Patric] & Sam [Corey Haim] Emerson, along with their mother Lucy [Dianne Wiest], move to Santa Carla, California to live with their mother's father, a peculiar old man [Barnard Hughes].
Santa Carla happens to be the murder capital of the world.
Santa Carla is a beach town with a boardwalk and the kids that hang out there, including a group of tough kids lead by David [Keifer Sutherland].
While Lucy gets a job working for Max [Edward Herrmann] at the local video store, Sam befriends the Frog Brothers, Edgar [Corey Feldman] and Alan [Jamison Newlander] who inform Sam that Santa Carla is crawling with vampires.
Meanwhile, Michael becomes enthralled by the mysterious & beautiful Star [Jami Gertz], who happens to be the girlfriend of David. David & his gang take Michael to their hideout, which is the remnants of an old hotel that collapsed during an earthquake.
While there, Michael inadvertently drinks David's blood, thinking it is wine. Michael starts to develop some side effects - including sensitivity to sounds, a lack of reflection, and even flying.
Sam accuses Michael of being a vampire but Michael convinces Sam that he can figure out how to fix it. Instead, Michael sleeps with Star. Sam decides to take matters into his own hands and asks for counsel from the Frog Brothers who promptly tell Sam that the only remedy is to drive a stake in Michael's heart but that Michael may only be a half-vampire, in which case, if the head vampire is killed, Micheal will go back to normal.
Meanwhile, Lucy begins to date Max & thinks that her boys are just having problems dealing with her dating after the divorce. Finally, Michael decides to take Star, along with a little half-vampire boy named Laddie Thompson [Chance Michael Corbitt], from David's clutches and brings Sam & the Frog Brothers with him to kill David & his gang while Michael grabs Star & Laddie.
The inexperienced Frog Brothers manage to kill one vampire before waking the bunch & flee into the daylight. David smiles as the group escapes saying "tonight".
Sam, Michael, & the Frog Brothers prepare for the night ahead. They prepare a bathtub full of garlic. They fill squirt guns with holy water. They prepare wooden stakes. Night falls & David & the remainder of his crowd come to Sam & Michael's house to seek vengeance.
Sam & Michael take out one of the vampires by electricity and the Frog Brothers are saved by Sam & Michael's dog when the dog knocks a vampire into the bathtub with garlic. Finally, David & Michael face off. Michael kills David by pushing him onto some antlers. The only problem is that Michael doesn't go back to being human. David was not the head vampire.
Just then Lucy comes home with Max from a date. Unseen by Max, Michael & Star hide in the shadows as Max approaches the deceased David. Max appears to be upset by the death. It's then that it is revealed that Max is the head vampire & David & his gang were Max's "children" of sorts. Max wanted David to make Michael & Sam part of the "family" so that Lucy would agree to being with Max knowing what he is.
Max wanted Lucy because his boys were in need of a mother. Even though his boys are dead he still wants Lucy. Max takes hold of Sam, telling Lucy that Sam will die if she doesn't come to him. Just then Lucy's father busts into the house in his car equipped with wooden stakes.
Max is killed & the day is saved. As Lucy makes sure her boys are okay, the grandfather goes to the kitchen, pops open a beer & says "There's one thing about living in Santa Carla I never could stomach - all the damn vampires."
Interview With The Vampire
Vampire Louis de Pointe du Lac [Brad Pitt] has decided to tell his story to writer Daniel Malloy [Christian Slater]...how he became a vampire in 1791 at the age of 24 and what it's been like living for 200 years.
This is Louis's story.
Louis, the master of a large plantation near New Orleans, had just lost his wife in childbirth and was longing for death himself. Lestat [Tom Cruise] took him up on it.
Together, Louis and Lestat lived a life of decadence at Louis's plantation, Lestat feasting on fresh, young women, gilded youths, and delicate-tasting aristocrats. Louis, however, refused to take a life, feeding instead on the blood of rats, chickens, and dogs.
Eventually, the slaves on Louis's plantation became increasingly afraid of Lestat and asked Louis to send him away. After announcing to them that he, too, is a devil, Louis burned down his manor, hoping to kill himself, but Lestat rescued him from the flames. Now they are left to live among the common folk.
The plague has hit New Orleans. One night, as Louis was out feeding on rats, he came upon a little girl whose mother had died. Claudia [Kirsten Dunst] jumped into Louis's arms, pleading for help. Louis, thinking to give her a merciful death, drank her blood. As a gift to Louis, Lestat offered his own wrist to Claudia, who drank so vigorously that Lestat had to tear himself away.
Still, she begged, 'I want some more.' Although a child in stature and a vampire in nature, Claudia was also a ruthless killer, and the three of them--the happy family, as it were--prospered as the city of New Orleans also grew and prospered. Thirty years passed, 30 years of grandeur and decadence.
Then Claudia realized for the first time that she would never grow into a woman's body. She would forever be prepubescent, unable even to cut her hair, for it would grow right back.
The happy family had become locked in hate. So hateful of Lestat, her maker, was Claudia that she arranged for him to feed from a dead body--something he warned a vampire must never do--and then slit his throat and buried him in the swamp.
Louis and Claudia then booked passage to Europe, hoping to find others of their kind.
As they were packing, the doorbell rang. It was Lestat. 'Claudia, you've been a very, very naughty little girl,' Lestat said and then leapt at her.
To protect Claudia, Louis threw a lantern at Lestat, setting him and the entire quarter ablaze. Then Louis and Claudia ran for the ship. Though they searched Europe for other vampires, they found none, so they decided to go to Paris.
It was now 1870. Almost 100 years had Louis lived as a vampire. He had given up the search for other vampires when a vampire found him. It was the vampire Armand [Antonio Banderas], 400 years old and the oldest 'living' vampire in the world. Not even Armand had answers to Louis's questions about the source, the first vampire, about God and the Devil.
He did, however, invite Louis to The Theatre des Vampires, where vampires pretend to be humans pretending to be vampires, all for the art of the avant garde.. Armand actually wanted Louis to be his companion, but there was the question of Claudia. She had done the one thing forbidden to a vampire--she killed another vampire. Armand told Louis to send her away, but Claudia had other plans. 'You have found a new companion.
You will make me mine!' she screamed at Louis and presented him with a woman willing to become her mother, having just lost her own daughter.
Against his better judgement, Louis gave her to Claudia. The other vampires, however, had also come to a judgement regarding Louis and Claudia's fate. Louis was to spend eternity in a box.
Claudia and her "mother" were to be imprisoned in a deep tunnel, open to the sun. Armand was able to rescue Louis, but not Claudia.
As the sun passed overhead, Claudia and her mother were reduced to ashes. In revenge, Louis set the theatre on fire, beheading any who managed to escape their coffins.
Louis and Armand parted ways. Louis spent years wandering around Europe, but in spring of 1988, he returned to New Orleans.
While walking the streets one night, he came upon Lestat, old and sickly, confined to his quarters, afraid to venture beyond. Lestat asks Louis to come back to him, but Louis refuses.
And that's Louis's story. What became of Lestat, Louis doesn't know. As for Louis, his reason for living died with Claudia. He now lives alone and empty. When Daniel volunteers to become his new companion, if Louis will but make him a vampire, Louis disappears in anger.
Epilogue: Daniel is driving along, his tape of the interview with the vampire on his car radio, when suddenly he is grabbed from behind by Lestat. Lestat drinks a little blood from Daniel ('I feel better already.'), listens to Louis's tape for a few minutes ('Oh, Louis, still whining? I've had to listen to that for centuries!'), and changes it to a rock station where the Rolling Stones' Sympathy for the Devil is being played.
Bram's Stoker's Dracula
It is the year 1462. Constantinople has fallen. Prince Dracula [Gary Oldman] must leave his bride Elizabeta [Winona Ryder] to do battle against the invading Turks.
Elizabeta, believing her husband to be dead, flings herself into the river below. Because she committed suicide, the Bishop [Anthony Hopkins] proclaims her soul damned.
Consequently, Dracula renounces God and the Church.
March 1897, England. Law clerk Jonathan Harker [Keanu Reeves] must travel to Transylvania to close the sale of 10 London properties being purchased by Count Dracula.
Upon his return, Jonathan and fiancee Mina Murray [Winona Ryder] intend to be married. In Jonathan's absence, Mina goes to stay with her rich friend Lucy Westenra [Sadie Frost], who has just recently received three marriage proposals -- from Texan Quincey Morris [Bill Campbell], Dr Jack Seward [Richard E Grant], and Lord Arthur Holmwood [Cary Elwes] -- and she has decided to marry Arthur.
Meanwhile, Jonathan has arrived at Castle Dracula following a strange carriage ride past blue flames and wolves. Even stranger is the Count himself. He never eats, sleeps all day, lives alone in a large castle in which most of the doors are locked, and crawls down the castle walls like a reptile. Jonathan has begun to have strange dreams about three women who try to seduce him.
To Jonathan's further unease, the Count seems to be fascinated with a picture of Mina and has forced Jonathan to write letters saying that he will be staying with the Count for another month. Meanwhile, the Count is preparing for his trip to England by filling large boxes with dirt.
July, 1897. Jonathan has been gone for over three months, and Mina is sick with worry, while Lucy is involved with planning for her wedding. But Lucy is not without worries either.
A particularly violent summer storm has recently washed a ship of dead sailors upon the beach, and shortly thereafter Lucy has begun her old habit of sleepwalking.
Each time she sleepwalks, she returns bewildered and pale. Dr Seward, who has his hands full treating the fly-eating lunatic R M Renfield [Tom Waits] , has taken on Lucy as his patient.
She shows all the signs of anemia, but Dr Seward can find no cause for it. Consequently, he has decided to send for a metaphysician, philosopher, and specialist in rare blood disorders, his old mentor Professor Abraham Van Helsing [Anthony Hopkins].
Upon his arrival, Van Helsing immediately begins a blood transfusion on Lucy and places garlic near her bed.
Meanwhile, Mina has begun occupying herself with a man she met near the cinematograph. He introduced himself as Prince Vlad of Szekely, and Mina is strangely drawn to him, as though she knows him.
When she finally receives news that Jonathan has suffered a violent brain fever and is being cared for by the sisters of the Blessed Sacrament, who bid her to come to Romania and be married to Jonathan, she realizes that she can no longer see her prince again. Mina says goodbye to Lucy, writes a note to Dracula, and sets sail for Romania. Dracula, heartbroken at losing Mina to Jonathan, takes Lucy as his bride instead.
Lucy is dead, although Van Helsing knows that the correct term is 'undead,' for he can see the fangs in her mouth and knows that she is nosferatu. He explains to Arthur, Jack, and Quincey that, to give Lucy's soul peace, they must cut off her head and take out her heart. They are horrified and think that Van Helsing is just a sick old coot, until they spend a night in Lucy's tomb and find her returning with a child in her arms. When the deed is done, they band together to seek out the vampyre and destroy it.
Mina and Jonathan have returned to London, only to hear that Lucy has died. One night, they have dinner with Van Helsing, and Jonathan realizes that he knows Count Dracula and that he sleeps in Carfax Abbey. After securing Mina at Dr Seward's sanitarium, the five of them -- Van Helsing, Jonathan, Quincey, Jack, and Arthur -- pay a visit to the abbey in order to sterilize Dracula's earthboxes.
Meanwhile Dracula is paying a visit to Mina. When she learns that her prince is actually the vampyre who killed Lucy, she becomes extremely upset, but not enough to resist wanting to be with him, to live how he lives.
Dracula drinks from Mina, then opens a vein in his chest and bids her drink. However, he stops short after she has taken but a bit. 'I love you too much to condemn you,' he explains.
Suddenly, Van Helsing et al burst in the room. They attempt to destroy Dracula, but he changes into hundreds of rats and scurries away.
Dracula knows that he cannot stay in England any longer and books passage back to Transylvania via Varna.
Mina and the men follow close behind. As Dracula is in mind contact with Mina, Van Helsing knows Dracula's plans but Dracula also seems to know theirs. Instead of sailing into Varna, Dracula diverts the ship 200 miles north and lands at Galatz, causing a change in plans such that Van Helsing and Mina take a carriage directly from Varna to the Borgo Pass while Jonathan, Quincey, Arthur, and Jack continue by train to Galanz where they secure horses and ride for the Borgo Pass, hoping to cut off Dracula.
They are unsuccessful. Dracula's gypsies picked up his earthbox at Galanz and are now speeding down the Borgo Pass road. It's going to be a close race.
Mina and Van Helsing are almost to the castle but decide to stop for the night. Van Helsing casts a circle around Mina and protects her by burning her forehead with a blessed communion wafer. In the circle they stay through the night while Dracula's three brides tempt Mina to join them. The next morning, as Mina sleeps in the circle, Van Helsing visits the castle and beheads the vampiresses.
It is near sundown. The gypsy wagon bearing Dracula in his earthbox approaches the castle. Jonathan, Arthur, Quincey, and Jack are riding hard to catch up. Mina and Van Helsing wait inside the castle courtyard. Mina calls up a blue flame to protect Dracula. As the gypsy wagon enters the courtyard, a gypsy stabs Quincey in the back.
Jonathan attempts to open Dracula's earthbox, but the sun has set and Dracula rises. At that very moment, however, Jonathan slits Dracula's neck and Quincey stabs Dracula through the heart with a sword. Mina screams. As Arthur races forward to finish Dracula, Harker stops him. 'Let them go,' he says. 'Our work is finished here; hers is just begun.'
As Quincey dies, Mina sits with Dracula on the chapel floor inside the castle. She kisses him, and he begs her to give him peace. Then, out of love, she pushes the sword the rest of the way through Dracula's heart. The burn on her forehead disappears, Dracula dies, and Mina releases him by cutting off his head.