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Vampirism and Vampyrism

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Quotes, expressing a variety of opinions:

bullet "Vampyrism is merely a condition, primarily of the spirit. The essence of the vampyre is contained in the mind and soul. It is the touch of the Dragon upon the mindscape of the individual." ShadowMind 1

bullet "Vampires are imaginary, reanimated, blood-sucking human corpses whose origins are grounded in religious myth." From this document

bullet "Today he's drinking people's blood... Tomorrow he could be smoking." A concerned Marge Simpson on The Simpsons TV program.

bullet "The vampire cult is the last and most damnable step in [the] exploration of Satanism". William Schnoebelen, conservative Christian author and lecturer. 2

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In this section, we differentiate between vampires and vampyres:

bullet Vampires are imaginary, reanimated, blood-sucking human corpses whose origins are grounded in religious myth. The public knows them by their appearance in novels, horror films, comic books, TV programs, etc. They are very scary individuals. Fortunately, they don't exist.

bullet Vampyres are real individuals who are certain that they have a condition requiring them to obtain additional supplies of energy in order to maintain their health. Some need to extract this energy from the blood of animals or humans. Others are able to obtain it from people by other means, or from nature itself.

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Topics covered in this section:

bullet Introduction to vampyres and vampires (Definitions, the religious connection)
bullet About vampyres (real people):

bullet Who they are. Misunderstandings about what they do.

bullet Conditions confused with vampyrism. Concerns about drinking blood.

bullet Glossary of vampyre terms

bullet Websites and books about, and for, vampyres

bullet About vampires (imaginary creatures):

bullet Background information about vampirism: Blood, legends, medicl conditions, activities...

bullet List of glossaries of vampire terms

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Other vaguely related essays on this website:

bullet Halloween
bullet The Goth culture There is an inaccurate perception by much of the public that all Vampyres are also Goths.

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References used:

  1. Shadowmind, "Vampyrism and the Walking of Paths," The Coven Organization, 2005-JUL-03, at: http://www.thecovenorganization.com/
  2. Massimo Introvigne, "Satanism Scares and Vampirism from the 18th Century to the Contemporary Anti-Cult Movement," Center for Studies on New Religions, 1997, at: http://www.cesnur.org/

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Copyright 2005 to 2011 by Ontario Consultants on Religious Tolerance
Originally posted: 2005-SEP-25
Latest update: 2011-JAN-08
Author: B.A. Robinson

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