We had a bit of a scheduling problem so I don't have a guest today BUT I have some interesting Vampire trivia if you're interested.
Many scholars argue the word "vampire" is either from the Hungarian
vampir or from the Turkish upior, upper, upyr meaning "witch." Other
scholars argue the term derived from the Greek word "to drink" or from
the Greek nosophoros meaning "plague carrier." It may also derive from
the Serbian Bamiiup or the Serbo-Crotian pirati.
vampire, Count von Count from Sesame Street, is based on actual vampire
myth. One way to supposedly deter a vampire is to throw seeds (usually
mustard) outside a door or place fishing net outside a window. Vampires
are compelled to count the seeds or the holes in the net, delaying them
until the sun comes up.
One of the most famous "true vampires"
was Countess Elizabeth Bathory (1560-1614) who was accused of biting the
flesh of girls while torturing them and bathing in their blood to
retain her youthful beauty.
Vampire hysteria and corpse mutilations to "kill" suspected vampires were so pervasive in Europe during the mid-eighteenth century that some rulers created laws to prevent the unearthing of bodies. In some areas, mass hysteria led to public executions of people believed to be vampires.
Thresholds have historically held significant symbolic value, and a vampire cannot cross a threshold unless invited. The connection between threshold and vampires seems to be a concept of complicity or allowance. Once a commitment is made to allow evil, evil can re-enter at any time.
Prehistoric stone monuments called “dolmens” have been found over the graves of the dead in northwest Europe. Anthropologists speculate they have been placed over graves to keep vampires from rising.
legend that vampires must sleep in coffins probably arose from reports
of gravediggers and morticians who described corpses suddenly sitting up
in their graves or coffins. This eerie phenomenon could be caused by
the decomposing process.
I'd heard of a lot of this but hadn't heard the bit about dolmen before. Kind of interesting, huh?
Have a Blessed Day!