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Pellagra causes you to bleed internally –the blood is not seen & is digested oStrong/powerful Misconceptions about disease: mental illness/insanity/extreme states of psychosis Strength during furious state of rabies Misconceptions about everyday events: people didn’t know what humans were capable of under stress/in danger (think fight-or-flight) Vampire Weaknesses oFire Origin: Slavs used to cremate Fire purified the soul for the afterlife and got rid of the body as a “vessel” for the vampire to return in oDaylight Originally daylight only bound/weakened vampire Vision is our most relied upon sense so humans “naturally” fear dark
oCrossroads Historically a place of evil Restless dead are bound by the crossroads You can bind spirits at the crossroads by burying them there Origin of the crossroads myth is unknown Demons travel in straight lines so the crossroads traps them Doors didn’t used to face the street (they were around the corner or in the back) because vampires went in straight lines oConfusing burial paths Vampire was obligated to take the same path from the cemetery back to his house so the village people took a very roundabout way to the gravesite (either to confuse the vampire or to make him run out of time) oHoly objects The dominant religion of the time determines the symbols that kill the vampire This is why crosses etc. ward away the dead nowadays oTrapping the vampire You can throw rocks on the corpse so that when it wakes up it can’t pick it upYou can put a metal sickle around the throat Sickle was a symbol of power and women (shaped like a crescent like the moon was also a symbol for women) Sickle also is a symbol of woman because women would gather herbs etc. with a sickle, which was like a small scythe (symbol of man) You can bury them face down so they dig their way into hell or cut off hands/feet oStake to the heart Stake was originally a form of trapping the vampire by pinning the vampire to the ground Stake was originally made of holy materials –iron or hawthorne –so vampire couldn’t touch itThe focus on the heart came during the vampire epidemic oDecapitation You can cut off the head or the rest of the body parts and put them in a grave like a puzzle You could also cut tendons on the corpse instead to immobilize vampires Different ways of dismembering/disfiguring during a vampire burial oGarlic Originally garlic could only bind or hinder a vampire (not kill) Garlic is a symbol from lore –you see it in recipes because they recognized garlic had healing properties Taken for cholesterol (purifying the blood) Antibiotic properties People with rabies avoided garlic because of the strong scent People with pellagra couldn’t eat garlic because of strong stomach pain
oWater Vampires can’t cross running waterProbably started during the vampire epidemic People with a furious case of rabies had hydrophobia o