Previously published in Examiner,
Part 2 of the Vampire series
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.
How to defeat a vampire
Garlic wards off the Eastern European vampire. The vampire Hollywood movies also showed that holding a mirror up to the vampire who would not have a reflection would hold it back. This theme was also taken from European folklore. To destroy it completely, we could drive a stake through its heart if we could open the coffin it slept in before it awoke at night to prowl the earth for fresh blood. The crucifix and holy water would also scare a vampire away
Some cultures severed the tendons of the knees of the corpses to prevent them from rising. Others believed that placing millet and poppy seeds at the grave site would serve the same purpose. Burying a corpse with a scythe, and sickle or placing them close to the grave would prevent demons from entering the body. In the Balkans, the legend has it that pouring boiling water over the grave would incinerate a vampire; drowning or shooting a vampire would yield the same results..
Vampires through the ages
Vampires were first talked about in Mesopotamia in 5,000 B.C with the Lilitu. The theme of blood sucking is wrapped around the notion of sucking the life-blood out of someone or something. Many believe this concept goes hand in hand with cannibalism.
Around 2000 B.C. a tomb of a vampire was constructed in Egypt.
When we enter the modern era we have reference of vampires in the Bible. In the year 31 A.D. Jesus was said to have healed five vampires at Capernaum. http://www.stlconline.org/sermons/20060129.html
In the year 140, Rome was said to have a vampire Emperor, Longinus
In 1047, Upir the wicked vampire makes his appearance, as a Russian Prince
In 1096 during the Crusades, vampires are expelled from Jerusalem.
1196, William of Newburgh wrote the chronicles about vampires in England.
By 1428 we have Vlad The Impaler and the Dracula stories in Romania circulate.
1484 –The Malleus Maleficarium (the witch hunter’s bible) contained passages about vampires .
1530 – “Italian scientist Ludovico Fatinelli is burned at the stake for suggesting a biological cause for vampirism in his “Treatise on Vampires”