Vampire legends and stories abound and the movies are endless. Always it’s about blood-sucking vampires, dead men walking, the evil dead. The one thing that lingers in the minds of all, the one question… are vampires real?
Now here is a difficult question that’s rather hard to answer given that there are no accurate historical records of any living vampire ever. However, there were many people who, for one reason or the other, paraded themselves as vampires. This was particularly so in ancient times in that region of the world known today as a nation called Hungary.
The Origin of Vampires and Vampire Legends
The true origin of Vampires are to be found in folklore that was widely reported from ancient lands of Eastern Europe (Romania, Hungary, Poland, etc) in the later part of the 17th and 18th centuries. These tales formed the foundation of the vampire legend that later got into Germany and then England, where they were subsequently embellished (made more attractive) and popularized.
The legend of Dracula, also known as Count Dracula, originated this way. The famous author who is to be credited with this masterpiece of a vampire tale, Bram Stoker, actually named his infamous character after a real live aristocrat of his time who happened to have a devilish taste for human blood, Vlad III, Prince of Wallachia or — as he is mainly known — Vlad the Impaler
And then there were the vampire legends of America where it was said that vampires stalked farms in New England. This caused a lot of chaos and violence, which saw people didding up dead relatives, and yet no clear scientific proof could be found anywhere that vampires did really exist.
So Are Vampires Real or Not?
Centuries later, with all the vampire movies and books, the question does arise again in many quarters… are vampires real?
Perhaps science has finally found an answer to that question in an old legend based in a region of Italy with a history dating back over a thousand years to Roman times.
The Vampire of Lugnano
In a recent archeological dig in Italy, archeologists from the University of Arizona a very strange grave. The grave of what is apparently a child vampire!
The ‘vampire burial’ was recently found inside an ancient Roman site in a region fo Umbria in Italy and the strange thing about it was the way the child vampire was buried.
The normal method of driving a stake through the heart to kill a vampire wasn’t used here. Instead, a rock was stuffed into the mouth of this 10-year-old child vampire to stop him from rising from the grave.
David Soren, a member to the team of archeologists told some newsmen that the find has rekindled the old legend of the child vampire,
‘Locally, they’re calling it the ‘Vampire of Lugnano. I’ve never seen anything like it. It’s extremely eerie and weird.’
Neither have anyone!
The archaeological team discovered the ‘vampire burial site’ in the commune of Lugnano in Teverina, Italy and they believe the stone was placed there in the mouth of the child as part of a funeral ritual to contain disease and evil, and to prevent the child from rising out from the grave.
Just Another Vampire Myth Built on Reality?
This burial site was found at La Necropoli dei Bambini, translation… tthe Cemetery of the Babies. This site dates back to the mid-fifth century when there was a deadly malaria outbreak in the area.
Of course, the locals of the time had no idea what malaria was. They believed it was pure evil and so employed the use of witchcraft to fight it, hence the storage graves. Yes, others were found too.
Leader and director of the team of archeologists David Pickel, told reports that the discovery of the graves would give researchers an insight into the devastating malaria epidemic that swept through Umbria nearly 1,500 years ago – and exactly how locals ‘used witchcraft’ to fight it.
Other Vampire Burial Sites
The team of American archaeologists had also discovered toddler and infant bones alongside toad bones and raven talons, bronze cauldrons filled with ash and the remains of puppies, all of which appear to have been sacrificed. These are objects and practices commonly associated with magic and witchcraft.
There was the body of a 3-year-old girl with stones weighing down her hands and feet — an old practice used by different European cultures throughout history to keep the dead in their graves.
Archeologist Soren puts it this way, ‘We know that the ancient Romans were quite concerned with the problem of epidemics and would even go to the unusual extent of employing witchcraft to keep such evil at bay – whatever it is contaminating the human body – from coming out after a sick person dies.’
Archeologist Wilson also noted that though the 10-year-old child’s remains have not yet undergone the usual DNA testing, the child had an abscessed tooth – a clear side effect of the disease malaria.
Wrapping Thing Up
So are vampires real or not. Well, the answer is pretty obvious. Each time a vampire legend pups up there is always a logical explanation somewhere.
The old legend of the vampire Dracula was simply based on the tale of a crazy Romanian prince how loved to impale people, drain their blood and drink it while still warm.
The new legend of the Vampire of Lugnano, on the other hand,k appears to be based on a 10-year-old kid with a bad tooth!
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