Australia - Yara-Ma-Yha-Who : This
vampirelike creature is found in aboriginal culture. The 'Yara-Ma-Yha-Who' has
the appearance of a four foot tall red man with an exceptionally large head and
mouth. Having no teeth, this creature swallows its food whole and uses suckers
on the ends of its toes and fingers to drain its victim of blood. This vampire,
like the 'Asasabonsam' of Africa, hides in fig trees and attacks people as they
walk underneath. According to Legend if you were unlucky enough to be attacked
more than once by this creature you might gradually become shorter and
eventually become a 'Yara-Ma-Yha-Who' yourself.
China - Chiang-shih : (also
called 'Kiang-shi') This terrifying vampire creature is said to be caused by
either the demonic posession of a recently deceased corpse or by suicide or some
other violent death. It has been documented in two forms: In one form it is a
tall and murderous, walking corpse with green or white hair all over its body.
This vampire has long, sharp claws, serrated teeth, glowering red eyes and foul
breath which will knock you dead at twenty paces. In this form it will leap out
of graves to attack people travelling at night and can also learn to fly if it
survives long enough to mature properly. In its more usual form it can appear
human and will not be recognised as a vampire until it does something that will
give it away. For example, like the slavic vampire, it is unable to cross
running water, has the ability to transform into a wolf and is allergic to
Germany - Alp : This
creature is similar in behaviour to the 'Incubus' as its victims are generally
women which it attacks at night, drinking milk from their nipples and causing
them to have horrible nightmares, athough it will also drink blood from the
nipples of men and young children. The 'Alp' is generally believed to be a
demon, although there are accounts in which they occur as spirits of recently
deceased relations. There are also instances which state that children may
become an 'Alp' if the mother suffers a long and painful childbirth and is
forced to use a horse collar to ease the pain...
The idea of the vampire has caused some extreme behaviour. In October 1974 a drunkard was lured to the home of a Mr Lorca in Germany. Promising him food and shelter, instead, Mr Lorca descended on the man and bit him hard on the neck, drawing blood. Passing out, when the drunkard came round, he rushed out of the house and went to the police. Arriving a short time later, they found Mr Lorca asleep in a coffin with blood on his lips. Mr Lorca, it seems, liked to be called Count, ate only raw meat ...Headmaster: no vampires at our school
A headmaster in Boston has had to make a statement to reassure people that Boston Latin School does not have any vampires. The rumors started following reports of 'vampires' roaming the halls and the police being called to investigate a report of a student being bitten."The headmaster of one of the city's most prestigious exam schools is dealing with an unusual rumorsweeping student classrooms. . There are no v...Vampires a Mathematical Impossibility, Scientist Says
A researcher has come up with some simple math that sucks the life out of the vampire myth, proving that these highly popular creatures can't exist. University of Central Florida physics professor Costas Efthimiou's work debunks pseudoscientific ideas, such as vampires and zombies, in an attempt to enhance public literacy. Not only does the public believe in such topics, but the percentages are at dangerously highlevel, Efthimiou told LiveScience. Legend has it that vampires feed...Vampires and sickness
Anthony North: Vampires can be seen to have many possible explanations other than the obvious reality of the undead. In this essay I want to look at one of these areas in particular -the idea that various forms of sickness can fuel vampire mythology. The supernatural idea of the vampire has been heightened, over the centuries, by a large number of seemingly inexplicable anecdotes. Typical was the fate that befell Meduegya, a town in Serbia, in 1732. Vampire consciousness: Following a spate of de...New Zealand man attacked by vampires
A man in New Zealand has been attacked in the dark by three "vampires" who bit him and drank his blood.Two of the individuals were released on bail while the third is still at large and a warrant has been issued for his arrest. The victim passed out after the attack which occured at MountVictoria near the capital Wellington.
Details of the bizarre late night incident on Mount Victoria, an unlit beauty spot thatoverlooks the capital, Wellington, emerged after two people appeared in cour...Dracula a victim of bad propaganda ?
Vlad the Impaler wasn"t bloodthirsty at all but simply a victim of propaganda, a new exhibition has claimed.
Vlad the Impaler, the medieval Romanian prince who inspired the character of Count Dracula, was not a blood-thirsty tyrant, he was simply a misunderstood victim of bad Western European propaganda, a newexhibition has claimed. "Vlad Dracula was doubtlessly cruel, but not more so than other princes of histime," said Margot Rauch, the Austrian curator of the exhibition, entitled "D..."Blood" perfumes ideal for vampires
Two Italian entrepreneurs have launched a perfume inspired by the scent of human blood.The "Blood Concept" scent comes in four varieties named after blood types but does not contain any actual blood. "Blood Concept is just a celebration of human life through an interpretation of its evolutionary process," said one of its creatorsAntonio Zuddas. In keeping with the hematic theme, the four scents come in 1. 35-ounce vials with reddroppers, and the website includes background images ...Vampire stalking Siberian livestock
Farmers in Siberia having reported their goats being killed by a mystery creature and drained of blood.One animal keeper described an experience one night when she heard strange noises and went outside to find one of her goats dead with bite marks on its neck. Locals in rural areas areup in arms because the police are reluctant toinvestigate the incidents. . A blood-sucking creature is preying upon goats near Novosibirsk. As rational explanations run thin on the ground, the specte...Elizabeth Báthory - The Blood bathing Countess
Rarely has any
creature of mythology taken such a firm hold upon the popular imagination as has
the vampire. He is a prince of the night, an erotic and sensuous being with
powers beyond mortality, and a history that stretches back centuries... except
that this isn't the Slavic vampire at all! No - it is the post-Dracula vampire
of modern society, the iconic modern vampire. To unearth the genuine thing
('genuine' in reference to the creature believed in by the various Slavic