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April 17, 2010

Gypsy Legends on Vampires

Vampires have many ties to the gypsies of Europe.  Gypsies originated in India, not in Egypt, contrary to the etymology of the term gypsy.  Each tribe has slightly different legends that change over time, presumably because the stories are passed down orally.  Overall, it is believed by gypsies that when someone dies their soul hovers […]

Filed by ltello at April 17th, 2010 under Legends/Folklore
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April 10, 2010

Namaste: Vampires of the Sub-Continent

India is seen to be one of the centers for the origin of the vampire myth.  However, many attribute the origins of the vampire myth to Gypsies.  Muslims may have spread these early legends into India in the ancient caravans that used to travel along the great silk route.  However, each of these ideas on […]

Filed by ltello at April 10th, 2010 under Legends/Folklore
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April 6, 2010

Hippity, hoppity…

Who knew the vampire myth scaled the globe in so many places? Apparently the Chinese also have a popular vampire myth called the Xiang Shi or the Chiang Shih. The belief in the Xiang Shi is derived from the Chinese concept of each person having two souls. One soul was seen as the superior, rational […]

Filed by ltello at April 6th, 2010 under Legends/Folklore
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Talamaur

The Talamaur is a vampire-like monster from the Banks Islands in the South Pacific.  I chose to include a map  to show where the island is located, since I had never heard of the Banks Islands before and it tickled my fancy to see where these vampires originated from on the map.  The belief in […]

Filed by ltello at April 6th, 2010 under Legends/Folklore
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March 17, 2010

The Real Vegetarian Vampires

Heads up Edward: you’re not the only vegetarian vampire anymore!  Surprising, I found in my research that Serbian gypsies believe that inanimate objects, like garden equipment and fruit (especially pumpkins and watermelons) can turn into vampires if left outdoors overnight on the eve of the full moon.  The vampire pumpkin or watermelon is known to […]

Filed by ltello at March 17th, 2010 under Legends/Folklore
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