The scientific explanation for the existence of Vampires

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Vampires have been seen and documented throughout history. The history of

vampires goes further back in time than most people realize. The chaldeans, who lived

near the Euphrates river in the southwestern part of Asia more than five hundred years

before the time of Christ , feared vampire or creatures similar to vampires enough so that

they created charms to protect themselves from being attacked by such creatures. The

Assyrians and the Babylonians feared a creature similar to a vampire known as an

Ekimmu. These creatures known as Ekimmus were believed by the Assyrians to roam the

planet searching for food although it was not always a persons blood but rather a persons'

vitality or that persons' energy force. It was believed that if such a creature would enter

someone's house that person along with his or her family would slowly weaken, get sick

and probably die. In the countries of Syria and Palestine references were made to such

blood sucking monsters on ancient carved tablets.

In Ireland the people believed in these

creatures, which they affectionately came to call 'red blood suckers' . Due to their belief

in these mythical creatures they began the practice of placing stones on these vampires

graves to kep them from escaping.This then became standard practice and is still used to

this day in the form of a tombstone. Tombstones were used to control ghosts and other

spirits instead of their original use in controlling vampires.

Due to the fact that vampires seemed to be so commonplace around the globe,

there was a large variety of vampires that differed in shape, behavior and method of

becoming a vampire. All of these factors varied from region to region. In the country of

Bulgaria a vampire had only one nostril. This Bulgarian vampire would...