Anyway, what I want to talk about today is vampire myths and folklore. They are very interesting. Most of the things people come up with are very strange. Of course you always have your stereotypically vampire that started with Bram Stoker's Dracula. Vampires that everyone knows are the ones that burn in sunlight, shy away from garlic, need an invitation to enter, don't appear in mirrors, and a stake through the heart will kill. I consider that the Hollywood vampire, but there is a lot more to the folklore than that.
Each culture in the 16th century, although they have had no contact with each other have similar myths. Most of their vampires fed on children or infants and were closely related to witchcraft. I'm only going to mention a few but there are many more.
The Chinese Hopping Ghost or Iiangshi is another ancient vampire myth. They were lost souls that were covered in hair, had daggerlike teeth, and razor-sharp talons. They would of course come out at night to search for prey by hopping from their graves. (Unfortunately, I couldn't find a good picture for this one)
There are many more vampire myths, and they are similar to one another. They may have come from different places or been created in different ways but they are all pretty much repelled and killed by the same methods. One of the thing I actually laughed at was that people thought if you spread rice or seeds around the hiding place of a vampire they would stop to count them. Or that if you throw a knotted rope in their path they will stop to untie. That just sounds really funny to me.
That's all for now. I will post again hopefully soon, and maybe it will be a small excerpt next time.