Sunday, December 12, 2010

Vampireology - The true History of the Fallen Ones

Vampires have adopted many different guises throughout history, which have been both worshipped and feared by difference cultures.
Maybe you have heard of : Mananaggal, Ching-thih, Lilith, Chupacabra and Raksbasa.

Manananggal - a witch that can separate its upper torso from the rest of its body as a means of taking flight. This description is misleading - in truth, this creature is a shape shifting vampire who has the capacity to change into a bird of pray, a bat, a dragon, or a gryphon.

Chiang-shih - meaning "hopping corpse." is the popular name given to vampires in Chinese lore.  They were given this name when their undead bodies were spotted down dark alleyways, waving their animated limbs to create large, terrifying shadows.  I cannot offer an explanation for this strange behaviour, though I can confirm that these creatures are from the Fallen bloodlines. The notion that chiang-shih have difficulty crossing water is, however, untrue.

Lilith - is a name for the vampire used throughout Hebrew mythology. It is widely accepted this creature is one who rides on the wind in the form of a screech owl. However, the Lilith is, in fact, a vampire who takes the form of a beautiful maiden to prey upon men. She may be seen carrying a large snake.

Chupasabra - Is a North American, goblin-like culprit known to the natives. This beast is a vampire; the notion that this creature consumes the flesh of its victim is, however a fallacy.

Rakshasa - Indonesian islands, blood sacrifices are still made  and it' widely believed that these creatures are demons who also consume human flesh.

Sidhe - Irish folktales tells us these creatures are not vampires; rather, they are Irish ghouls who announce an oncoming death with their wailing.
(Extracts taken from Vampirology: The True history of the Fallen)