The Vampire

Posted: 28th July 2011 by admin in Uncategorized

   Location : Europe, Asia,   America.

Population: 30 Millions

Vampires are beings who subsist by feeding on the life essence  (in the form of blood) of living creatures. Vampiric entities have been recorded in many cultures and in all the continents around the world, and may someday control the world. In most cases, vampires are revenants of human beings, suicide victims.

Some recent anthropological studies conclude that vampirism could have a chemical blood process explanation and would be the consequence of the human soul possessed by a malevolent spirit just before it dies. From then, the cursed soul is trapped in the physical body with no way to escaped. It has to feed with blood from living creatures to survive.

History

The notion of vampirism has existed for millennia; cultures such as the MesopotamiansHebrewsAncient Greeks, and Romans had tales of demons and spirits which are considered precursors to modern vampires. However, despite the occurrence of vampire-like creatures in these ancient civilizations, the folklore for the entity we know today as the vampire originates almost exclusively from early 18th-century southeastern Europe, when verbal traditions of many ethnic groups of the region were recorded and published.

Nowadays, Vampire lives among humans mostly in big cities or isolated places.  There are particularly numerous in Europe and North America.

Survival rules

Don’t let them in

Because of their ‘dead’ condition, the Vampires cannot break a human living person house without their consent. Vampire usually needs the permission of the owner  to get into their house or any private place own by someone.

Check skin texture and Mirrors

Corpses thought to be vampires were generally described as having a healthier appearance than expected, plump and showing little or no signs of decomposition. They have no reflection in the mirror, but some Vampire can avoid that curse using some magic tricks. 

If you are brave enough

Methods of destroying suspected vampires varied, with staking the most commonly cited method, particularly in southern Slavic cultures.[50] Ash was the preferred wood in Russia and the Baltic states,[51] or hawthorn in Serbia,[52] with a record of oak in Silesia.[53] Potential vampires were most often staked through the heart, though the mouth was targeted in Russia and northern Germany[54][55] and the stomach in north-eastern Serbia.

Severing tendons of the dead

A commonly practised in Europe included severing thetendons at the knees or placing poppy seeds, millet, or sand on the ground at the grave site of a presumed vampire; this was intended to keep the vampire occupied all night by counting the fallen grains,[36] indicating an association of vampires with arithmomania.

A sack of rice or seeds to keep him busy

Similar Chinese narratives state that if a vampire-like being came across a sack of rice, it would have to count every grain; this is a theme encountered in myths from the Indian subcontinent, as well as in South American tales of witches and other sorts of evil or mischievous spirits or beings.

Where can I find them?

In Europe    In Asia     In America

Vampire are known as vrykolakas in Greece and strigoi in Romania.

In Russian folklore, vampires were said to have once been witches or people who had rebelled against the Russian Orthodox Church while they were alive.

What are my chance to meet one in my neighborhood?

 

WEREWOLF

Posted: 28th July 2011 by admin in Uncategorized

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werewolf, also known as a lycanthrope (from the Greek λυκάνθρωπος: λύκος, lukos, “wolf”, and άνθρωπος, anthrōpos, man), is a mythological or folkloric human with the ability to shapeshiftinto a wolf or an anthropomorphic wolf-like creature, either purposely, by being bitten by another werewolf, or after being placed under a curse. This transformation is often associated with the appearance of the full moon, as popularly noted by the medieval chronicler Gervase of Tilbury, and perhaps in earlier times among the ancient Greeks through the writings of Petronius.

Werewolves are often attributed superhuman strength and senses, far beyond those of both wolves and men. The werewolf is generally held as a European character, although its lore spread through the world in later times. Shape-shifters, similar to werewolves, are common in tales from all over the world, most notably amongst the Native Americans, though most of them involve animal forms other than wolves.

Werewolves are a frequent subject of modern fictional books, although fictional werewolves have been attributed traits distinct from those of original folklore, most notably vulnerability to silver bullets. Werewolves continue to endure in modern culture and fiction, with books, films and television shows cementing the werewolf’s stance as a dominant figure in horror.

DOPPLEGANGER

Posted: 28th July 2011 by admin in Anima, Thief

In German, Doppleganger derives from Doppel (double) and Gänger (goer). It can be translated as ‘’double walker’’, refering to someone else who is walking in the same manner belonging to you.

A doppelgänger is a real or ghostly double of a living person, a sinister form of himself. The word “doppelgänger” refers (as in German) to any double or look-alike of a person. It is related with the phenomena of bilocation.

The word is also used to describe the sensation of having glimpsed at oneself in peripheral vision, in a position where there is no chance that it could have been a reflection. They are generally regarded as harbingers of bad luck.

TRADITION

In some traditions, a doppelgänger seen by a person’s friends or relatives portends illness or danger, while seeing one’s own doppelgänger is an omen of death.

In Norse mythology, a vardøger is a ghostly double who precedes a living person and is seen performing their actions in advance.

In the Egyptian tradition: the ka as a spiritual double was born with every man and lived on after he died as long as it had a place to live. The ka lived within the body of the individual and therefore needed that body after death. This is why the Egyptians mummified their dead. If the body decomposed, their spiritual double would die and the deceased would lose their chance for eternal life.

MODERN TALE, TAKES

In our modern age, the Doppleganger illustrates different kind of identity troubles. The use of a double in modern litterature and films illustrates sometimes how individuality can be challenged and lost in our global information world.

FILMS references

Black Swan by Darren Aronofsky

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5jaI1XOB-bs

THE BROKEN by Sean Ellis

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q0nKZd9UxuI

PERFECT BLUE by Satoshi Kon

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eN_XcMuvOz0

REAL VIDEO SEQUENCE

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Tz_dN__MsE