Scary: 9 Vampire Legends That Are Actually True

Hold onto your garlic: These vampire myths are actually rooted in fact, which makes them all the more creepy.

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The Legend of the Blood Countess

The Legend of the Blood Countess
Countess Elizabeth Bathory, who lived from 1560 to 1614 in Hungary, was accused of vampire behavior: biting the flesh of victims and bathing in their blood as a beauty treatment.

The Legend of Dracula, "Son of the Dragon"

The Legend of Dracula, "Son of the Dragon"
Vlad of Walachia, better known as Vlad the Impaler, is most likely the root of several vampire legends, including Dracula. In addition to impaling enemies on stakes, Vlad would eat bread that had been dipped in his enemies’ blood.

The Legend of the Ka

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Egyptians also had their share of vampire lore and blood suckers. The Egyptian goddess Sekhmet was known for her taste for blood; and according to the Egyptian Book of the Dead, if a certain part of the soul called the ka didn’t receive adequate offerings, it left the tomb to drink blood.

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The Legend of the Ch'iang Shih

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In China, vampires had long, hooked claws and red eyes. They were known as ch’iang shih, which translates to “corpse-hopper.”

The Legend of the Ekimmu

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A Sumerian and Babylonian myth dating from 4,000 B.C. describes an ekimmu—a spirit that isn’t buried properly that returns to suck life from the living.

The Legend of the Rising Dead

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Throughout northwest Europe, stones called dolmens were placed over graves to prevent the dead from rising.

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The Legend of the Vampires of the Plague

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During the 16th century, it was believed that vampires fed off the bodies of plague victims, and that female vampires spread the plague. Those suspected of being vampires were even buried with rocks wedged in their mouths.

The Legend of the Vampire Coffin

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Sometimes grave robbers would open a coffin and the corpse would move or sit up—a natural reaction that can be caused by decomposition. This may have led to the legend of vampires sleeping in coffins.

The Legend of the Vampire in Medicine

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Medical ailments can mimic symptoms of vampirism. For example, haematodipsia is a sexual thirst for blood, and hemeralopia is day blindness. Porphyria causes sensitivity to light and teeth that are stained reddish brown. 

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14 thoughts on “Scary: 9 Vampire Legends That Are Actually True

  1. A vampire is someone who ruthlessly exploits others. (Oxford English Dictionary).

  2. Does anybody else see the ghost looking person ( ghost woman) in the 6th photo? Or is it just me?

  3. they might give you Disease and i don’t know about anything that cause anything i am not doctor or scientist cause you have talk with them cause i not a doctor or scientist and so that you know more about vampires disease

  4. vampires are rule cause i can see them but i think cause i can image them in my mind

  5. In 6/10, is the photo edited? It looks there is a woman ghost there

  6. There are so called ‘vampires’. They have a liver disease called porphyria. They are allergic to sunlight so tend to go out after dark, preferring a full moon. in some cases hair grows on the face..;hence the myth about ‘werewolves’. They often have a ‘taste’ for blood as their own lacks certain enzymes. Porphyria sufferers are allergic to garlic, in fact if ingested they get severe abdominal pains that may even lead to death. Teeth, even the skeletal system turns pink colour, and gums recede making their incisors look like blood stained fangs…Fortunely this disease is rare.(the King George iii suffered from it),

    1. Wow, so much misinformation here about Porphyria. I have Porphyria, I am not allergic to garlic. Triggers for a Porphyria attack can be anything from household cleaners to medication. We do not have a “taste for blood”. That is just outlandishly wrong. There is one type of Porphyria that has manifestations in the teeth, but it does not cause “fangs” as this person has imagined.

      Also for those who cared to read this far, the issues with sunlight do not occur in all manifestations of Porphyria. Those manifestations being HCP, VP, PCT, EEP, CEP, HEP.

      This is a real disease and not some fairy tale come to life. It is one that comes with stigma attached from people just like the one that wrote the very misinformed story above. Instead of making things up about a disease, read about it and try to understand it from a medical perspective, and not one that was invented in the minds of uneducated and bigoted people. It is this type of poor understanding of health and body mechanics that caused persecution of the mentally and physically challenged for centuries.

      1. Maybe this condition inspired those ignorant of the condition many years ago? Just sayin. If the facts arent correct, well, people from so long ago were superstitious. No big deal. Im missing a toe. In Salem during the trials I wouldve been called a witch. I dont get my knickers in a twist

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