Did you know legends of the existence of entities which are similar to our modern understanding of vampires have existed since known history. It is only natural to assume that pre-historic homo-sapiens (humans) had notions of such entities as well.
Although much is said in popular culture these days there are many facts and legends which very few people know regarding the true history, origins and nature of vampires.
Here are 6 such facts and legends about vampire which are very less well known:
- In the bronze age nearly 5000 years ago (3000 BC), in ancient Mesopotamia which is widely considered the cradle of civilisation and the origins of written language and known history, people were afraid of certain spirits / demons which were believed to gain power from draining the blood of individuals. These were considered to be immortals and attacked mostly after dark.
- Legends of such entities also existed in the ancient Greek, Roman, Hebrew and Egyptian cultures.
- The transition of such entities into the more human form which we are familiar with these days is generally unknown however according to some theories it likely started after a very powerful spirit / demon possessed a human and in that form sucked the blood from another person in turn transferring the demonised blood into the victim who then survived but still contained this blood. Such instances may have occurred on multiple occasions in history, however most of the victims did not survive until one finally did.
- The term vampire has relatively recent origins, first appearing in english language roughly in 1734 AD, however this was adapted from German where the word Vampir had existed from much earlier, this in turn had origins in other languages. The root leads to it originating from the tartar language, which is a type of Turkic (spoken in modern Turkey), the original word was ‘Ubyr’ which means ‘witch’.
- Vampire have a unknown connection to witches, this appears to be in ancient history as this connection is rarely made these days. This is illustrated through the fact that the origins of the word seems to be from a word which actually meant witch and of the connection between spirits/demons and witch craft.
- Contrary to current popular belief the ancient folklores of vampires do not restrict their movement in day-light, this seems to have been added on in the 19th century. This does not imply that they move freely during the day as after dark is the best time to move un-detected and evade capture.