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Man, Spirit or a Devil - vampires.

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C.Baker VAMPIRES Man, Spirit or a Devil Is it a tall, gaunt figure with piercing eyes and fanged teeth, dressed in evening clothes with a long black cape sweeping across its shoulders? Is it the "reanimated" body of a dead person, emerging from the grave to terrorize people as it seeks living blood to revitalize itself? Is it a corpse that has been reassembled outside the grave, changed into a creature of blazing red eyes, razor sharp talons, covered entirely by pale hair of a greenish tint, a beast that sucks blood and eats the flesh of its living animals? The vampire has been all of these things to people across the world throughout history. Although films and television have popularized a picture of a cape-clad vampire, in some parts of the world, the belief in vampires as real creatures continues today. Each age and each part of the world, has had a differing view of the vampire, but each of them fits more or less into one of three categories: 1. The astral vampire - the mass that floats around in the air. The person who has been attacked grows pale from loss of blood and often dies. 2. The "UN-dead" vampire - a creature that is neither dead nor alive. ...read more.

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This type of vampire is also the most known type, especially Bram Stoker's Count Dracula. Vlad Tsepesh a.k.a. Dracula Vlad Dracula or Vlad the Impaler was the real life prince upon whom Bram Stoker based his famous Count Dracula. Dracula was born in Transylvania in 1431 in the town of Sighisoara. Sighisoara was then a German settlement called Schassburg, and the house in which Dracula was born was a typical German burgher's house of fifteenth century, set in a cobbled lane. But the boy did not stay long in that environment. The family moved often, following the C. Baker VAMPIRES Vlad Tsepesh a.k.a. Dracula fortunes of the father, who was an ambitious soldier and a good one. In 1431, Vlad the father was given the Order of the Dragon by Emperor Sigismund of Nuremberg; by that honour he was bound to fight against the Turks, who were trying to swallow up Eastern Europe. The emblem of the order was a dragon (Dracul) with spread wings, hanging on a cross. The name Dracul means dragon or devil. His connection with this symbol, Vlad the elder was nicknamed Vlad Dracul (Vlad the Devil), and the nickname Dracula, son of Dracul, passed on to his son. ...read more.

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It is impossible to predict what form it will take in the future, for the vampire has surpassed horror writings to become a powerful and fascinating parable for exploring our concerns about mortality and life after death. However, we can be sure that Dracula and his descendants will continue to entertain generations of new fans in whatever shape they assume. So, are vampires apparently ordinary human beings that sink his or her teeth into a "donor's" flesh and suck blood as an act that produces a sexual explosion that excites and satisfies? Will we ever know? I guess only time will tell ... ... The Common Vampire It's impossible to give a complete picture of the vampire as it is in literature, because there are many different versions of this myth. Just about every thinkable ability and weakness has probably been ascribed to vampires at some point. The best vampire literature entertains us with suspense, horror, romance, and sensuality, while providing an outlet for our aggressive instincts and antisocial behavior. It is impossible to predict what form it will take in the future, for the vampire has transcended horror literature to become a powerful and fascinating metaphor for exploring our concerns about mortality and life after death. However, we can be sure that Dracula and his descendants will continue to entertain generations of new fans in whatever shape they assume. ...read more.

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