Explanations Of Vampirism

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Over the centuries many stories have arisen on vampires. The stories have changed throughout this time, but the main theme of sucking blood has lived on. Folklore has proposed that vampires are blood sucking, immortal, undead humans that rise from the grave and prey on people. Many psychologists and scientists have tried to explain the vampire epidemic but to the norm theories didn't hold, and more folklore developed. Doctors have come up with many different diseases that could be related, if not, explain vampires. Some of these diseases include porphyria and rabies; these two topics will be discussed in this paper as will a more detailed clarification of a "film and media" description of a vampire including a discussion of the vampire church.

There have been many definitions of vampires that date back to the 11th century. Dozens urban legends were recorded about a "monster" rising from the grave and preying on humans.

As the years went on, there became a more modern definition of a vampire that began in the 18th century in Eastern Europe. This modern definition has been used in the film industry and in the media to portray vampires as this evil being and it keeps the legends alive.

In the 1600's when corpses were unearthed they were found still looking freshly buried and still had blood running through their veins. Throughout the years the vampire stories have been amplified and with every retelling of the stories, facts slightly changed and later, the corpses were said to have come alive and rise from their graves to attack people and animals by drinking their blood. After that, a very thorough representation of vampires emerged. They were typically men or they could come as a bat, dog, cat, or wolf. They had become vampires after an attack by...