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Virus.

Hello friends.

How’s everyone doing?

Are you washing your hands? Not touching your face?

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Are you practicing your vampire cough? You know…coughing into your elbow as though you were stalking your next victim and about to say, “I vant to suck your blood!” Only, don’t say that. Just cover your cough.

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Are you checking on your friends and loved ones, particularly those who have public-facing jobs or who might have compromised immune systems?

Good. Keep that up. We’re all in this together.

Check in. Say hi. Stay well.

Are You a Vampire? – Part 3

Are You a Vampire_ Bloody DogThank you, dear readers, for coming on this journey with me. This is the third in a three-part series on determining if you or someone you know is a vampire. In the first part, we explored ways that could still be relevant now. In Part 2, we delved into several old wives’ tales and superstitions. Now, here we are in Part 3. This final part consists of pointers and something extra: vampire animals.

The pointers are a summary of sorts. Things to make sure not to have happen to you or your friends and loved ones. If any of these things do happen, then we’ll need to explore how to combat future possible vampirism and in extreme cases, how to destroy a vampire. Those ideas will be addressed in a future series. For now, I will say, do not approach a suspected vampire and for the love of all things good, don’t try to destroy anyone.

Remember my suggestion from Part 2: Be kind to everyone. And also, don’t kill. 

 

Part 3: Pointers.

Be sure not to die a violent death.

Make sure no animals, particularly cats, jump over your grave before you get there.

No untimely deaths due to accidents or suicide.

Do not die alone or unseen.

 

Part 3 Extra: Vampire Animals.

You read that right: Vampire Animals were (are) a thing.

Dogs, cats, horses, chickens, sheep,  and even snakes could become vampires. Remember the grave jumping cat from before? Not only would the person whose grave it was become a vampire, the cat would, too!

Also, just because you don’t have pets doesn’t mean you’re safe. Plants could also turn, particularly pumpkins and melons. I recall such an instance from when I first started dating my husband, back in 1999. He went out of town for a week, and I checked his mail and watered the plants while he was gone. I hadn’t noticed the watermelon in the sink for a few days. Eventually, it became evident that something rotten lurketh. Pretty sure that watermelon became a vampermelon. Little did I know at the time…

Plants had been known to move, make noises and even bleed if kept in the house too long.

And, if you are sitting smugly thinking you are safe because you have neither pets nor plants, wrong again. Tools were also known to turn. Particularly those that had gone unused for too long.

I kind of sense a theme here…

Anyway, that’s a fairly thorough exploration of all the ways a human (or animal or plant or tool) might become a vampire. After that investigation whattaya think:

Are you a Vampire?

 


Sources and Notes:

Melton, J. Gordon. The Vampire Book: The Encyclopedia of the Undead. Detroit: Visible Ink, 1994

The ideas were found in The Vampire Book: The Encyclopedia of the Undead in the following sections:

Greece, Vampires in (pp. 272-278)

Gypsies, Vampires and the (pp. 278-282)

Romania, Vampires in (pp. 512-520)

Russia, Vampires in (pp. 524-527)

Scandinavia, Vampires in (pp. 539-541)

Slavs, Vampires Among the (pp. 559-564)

Are You A Vampire? – Part 2

Social Mores AYV2.2

In the first part of this series, we looked at contemporary ways to discover if you or your loved ones might be a vampire. In this part, we’ll look at questions that were more relevant to life in the 18th and 19th centuries.

Part 2’s questions deal with our morals, collectively and individually. If a person didn’t subscribe to the expected morals of their peers, they would have been scrutinized. The issues examined in these questions don’t necessarily pertain to the person accused, but often address the acts of their family or circumstances surrounding their birth. Nowadays, these are looked at as superstitions or old wives’ tales, but at the time, they were serious accusations. Suspicions ran high and quick, and mass hysteria was the result.

When I started writing this, I thought, “How funny, how silly, to think these things. These would make a great blog post.” I still think they’re funny, but on reflection, I also think they are more than just silly questions. We are centuries removed from these types of accusations, but even today, people are accused of things they have no control over, but that are simply circumstances of their birth. Back in the day, people turned to the supernatural to explain things they didn’t understand. Nowadays, things are done differently, and I’ll leave it at that. 

Deep thoughts for a vampire blog, eh? Anyway, take the questions in the spirit they are intended: lighthearted and fun. Just remember to be kind, always. You never know what someone else is dealing with. I mean, being a vampire isn’t as glamourous as it looks in the movies.

As in Part 1, the majority of the ideas discussed below came from The Vampire Book: The Encyclopedia of the Undead (full citation below), unless otherwise indicated(+).

Part Two: Social Mores and Superstitions.

Have you been excommunicated? If so, you may want to sort that out prior to meeting your maker.

Are you overly greedy?

Do you seek revenge?

Have you committed a great crime, such as murdering a kinsman?

Are you a man who swears falsely?

Were you born out of wedlock? Were your parents born out of wedlock?

Were you born between the week of Christmas and New Year?

Did your parents conceive you on a taboo day?

Are you the seventh child of the same sex in your family?

Is your father a vampire?

Were you born on a Saturday?

Did your mother eat salt when she was pregnant with you? If not, you’re doomed.

Was your mother gazed upon by a vampire while she was pregnant?

Were you born with a caul or a tail?

Were you born with teeth?

Are you missing a finger? Do you have animal-like appendages?

Do you only appear to your friends precisely at noon?

Do you have red hair and blue eyes?+

Are you a werewolf? Because you may become a vampire after you die.

Have you been bitten by a vampire?

Have you been cursed?

Are you a witch?

Do you practice magic? Or are you a sorcerer?

Have you eaten the meat of a sheep killed by a wolf?+

 

After reading those questions…what do you think? Are you a vampire?

Sources and Notes:


Melton, J. Gordon. The Vampire Book: The Encyclopedia of the Undead. Detroit: Visible Ink, 1994

+These ideas came from the Wikipedia page Vampire Folklore by Region.

The rest of the ideas were found in The Vampire Book: The Encyclopedia of the Undead in the following sections:

Greece, Vampires in (pp. 272-278)

Gypsies, Vampires and the (pp. 278-282)

Romania, Vampires in (pp. 512-520)

Russia, Vampires in (pp. 524-527)

Scandinavia, Vampires in (pp. 539-541)

Slavs, Vampires Among the (pp. 559-564)

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