The North American Culture is obsessed with Dracula, so much so that Hollywood movies made throughout cimematography history such as the classical Dracula movies, the twilight series which is a smashing success, and vampire cults are springing up all over the place. There is also two medical conditions, prophyria and Renfield’s Syndrome also known as clinical vampirism that may have had some basis behind the vampire myths. In this series we will examine the vampire myths and also the medical conditions associated with these types of blood disorders.
Vampire Legends and Recent Archeological Findings
The history of Vampires is steeped in folklore. What most people do not know is that vampire lore is not restricted to Transylvania in Romania. Stories predating even these legends of vampires were found in ancient Mesopotamia, ancient Greece, ancient Hebrew culture, ancient Egypt and Ancient Rome.
The two main characteristics of the modern day vampires as we know from Eastern European folklore is blood sucking and the creatures ability to transcend death. The theme of the “undead” adds to the horror of the vampire nonhuman identity. Depending upon the culture vampires could be dark and hooded, pale, have long talons, or fanged teeth and so on. Furthermore how the vampire came into being also varies with cultures, in European history we know to be bitten by a vampire is how to become one (remember the Dracula Hollywood movies). In Chinese folklore, if an animal jumped over a corpse it was feared that it would become the “Undead”. Other cultures believed that burying a corpse upside down would create a vampire.
The Montreal connection with the Twilight (Vampire series)
Montreal-born actress Rachelle Lefèvre landed a key role in the Twilight movie. She says she always had a passion for vampires.