§ Asia § “The jumping corpse” was the Chinese version of a vampire, the main difference being that it would pray on the life essence, not necessarily on the blood of flesh. The Chinese vampires also bare the name of “Jiang Shi”, dead with green skin, covered in fungus, that return from beyond to kill… Continue reading Ancient vampires in Africa and Asia — Scarlett Memories
In the Middle Ages men relied on superstition to protect themselves against nocturnal visits from the creatures of the night.
The most common way to keep a vampire at bay requires the use of either garlic or vervain. Because it was believed that the powerful smell of these plants would keep the undead away, such chains were hang on windows and doors.
In some European regions we also find a subclass – the “living vampires” – people that would most certainly return as vampires after death. Basically those that were marked from during their lifetime.
To test them, the priests came up with a new ritual during mass – they would pass out baskets with garlic and keep an eye to see who refused it.
In time more and more theories as to the origin of a vampire arouse. And with them, questions as to what signs can be seen…
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