Dawn of Eternity

Vampirism: myth or malady?

The Flexible Body

Vampires have haunted our imaginations for centuries, from the gruesome, grotesque creatures of the original European folk tales to the dashing romantic heroes of today’s films and TV shows. Whether presented in folklore, movies, or books, vampires are portrayed with relatively similar traits. I’m sure you’re all somewhat familiar with the Transylvanian count Dracula. Characterized by pale skin, fangs, superhuman strength, and other supernatural abilities, a bite from Dracula has a mysterious fate: conversion to a vampire. Compare this to the Cullen family from Stephanie Meyer’s novels,The Twilight Series.They possess the same appearance and abilities, right? We have to ask: how did these traits come to be associated with these supernatural vampire creatures? Are these creatures of the undead real? No one seems ready tobury the idea yet, but it’s hard to argue that vampires have any basis in reality.

Vampires: just a myth?

The modern vampire…

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