The Keres – A Greek Vampire Legend

keres         In Greek Legend the Keres were said to be female death spirits, known to have been the

daughters of Nyx.   The Keres were dark and evil creatures with gnashing teeth and claws and an

insatiable thirst for human blood.  They were commonly spotted hovering above the battlegrounds

of war searching for wounded and dying men to feed upon.  An account of them may be found in the

Shield of Heracles, an archaic Greek book thought to have been penned in the late third and early

second century B.C.E.  An English translation of the verse is as follows:

The black Dooms gnashing their white teeth, grim-eyed, fierce, bloody, terrifying fought

over the men   who were dying for they were all longing to drink dark blood.  As soon as

they caught a man who had fallen or one newly wounded, one of them clasped her great

claws around him and his soul went down to Hades, to chilly Tartarus. And when they

had satisfied their hearts with human blood, they would throw that one behind them and

rush back again into the battle and the tumult.

It is possible that a connection exists between Keres and the Valkyries of Norse myth.  Both deities are war spirits that fly over

battlefields during conflicts and choose those to be slain. The difference is that Valkyries are benevolent deities in contrast to the

malevolence of the Keres, perhaps due to the different outlook of the two cultures towards war. Also the Greek word “keres”

(choice) and the Old Norse word “kyrja” (to choose) from “valkyrja” seem to have a common root.


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