The Vrykolakas – A Greek Vampire Legend

Author Lyn Gibson

Visit my publisher for deep pocket discounts and an additional 20% off.      The Greeks believed that a human could become a Vrykolakas after death by having lived an ungodly life, being buried on unconsecrated ground, being excommunicated or by having eaten the meat of a lamb that had been injured or killed by a wolf.  Some Greek legends insinuate that even a werewolf could become one of the Vrykolkas upon it’s death.  Individuals that had red hair and grey eyes were suspected of having been one of the undead, which I find intriguing as other ancient vampire lore states that any vampire with red hair was a direct descendant of Judas Escariot’s cursed blood line.

Unlike other undead beings from surrounding continents, the Greek Vampire was not an attractive creature.  Legends state that the Vrykolakas appears to be completely drained of it’s blood,  but once the vampire had fed, he would swell into a blood gorged creature before returning to it’s…

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What I didn’t know about Vlad Tepes

What I didn’t know about Vlad Tepes

vladEveryone knows about Vlad Tepes aka: Vlad the Impaler, but there is more to his legacy than just his reputation of finding pleasure in torturing and killing…..

Romanian folklore claims that the nights that Vlad and his older brother Mircea III were born, the holy statues of the city bled from their eyes and mouths.  Perhaps a warning of things to come?  Who knows!  Though the reign of the Dracul Dynasty is found to be horrific to most, to the people of Romania saw him as a Savior.

It is said that rumors of an undead Vlad Tepes began to circulate immediately after his death.  Staff that worked and resided within the Castle Bran and the Bran Estates reported having seen Vlad walking around and near the properties at night.  After many years of continued aggravation of Vlad’s family insisting that he was dead, Vlad’s oldest son Mihnea, set out to put and end to it!  Sometime between 1508-1510 Mihnea returned to the monastery in Snagov where his father’s remains were buried.  When he reached the monastery the Bucharest priests forbid him to open the grave, thus fueling the legend further.  The rumor amongst the Romanian people is that the Tepes family place animal bones into the grave to give the appearance that Vlad was indeed dead.  To this day claims of having seen Vlad on the estate and castle grounds are quite common.

The suspicion of the undead amongst the Dracul Dynasty did not end with Vlad.  Though few of his successors were actually able to rule, many of them gained respected positions.  One of the more popular grandsons of Vlad, nicknamed Prince General the Violent was noted for his horrific tactics in battle.  He was married three times but had offspring.  Prince Violent was said to have been killed in battle sometime in 1506 but no recordation has been found to confirm.

Another well respected heir of Vlad, known as Prince Craftuious the Wise, earned his title from many thwarted attempts to overthrow his Uncle Vlad from the throne.  Wounded badly by Vlad upon his final attempt to seize the throne, Prince Craftuious and his wife disappeared and child.  It is unknown if Vlad banished them from Romania or if they fled, however no records exist of them after, death or otherwise.  Fearing for his throne, Vlad sent all of his male heirs to live in Moldavia, an allied country.  The only three allowed to remain were his first son Mihnea, Vlad Dracul, his second son and their cousin Colviez (Prince Violent).

The last of the Dracul Dynasty to reign were Captain Radu the Bad Copelanvia is believed to have dies shortly after taking the thrown, but no record is found.  He was succeeded by his son Vladisov Carsoni the blood thirsty.  As made apparent by their earned names, most of the Dracul descendants were known to be vicious and blood thirsty, with the exception of the wives.  Six of the women that married into the family had committed suicide, to include the third wife of Vlad Tepes himself.

Vlad Tepes was the only member of his family that was praised as a ruler, the remainder were seen as evil men.  The Dracul’s were successful in escaping having their deaths properly recorded adding to fuel to the undead fire so to speak.  Vlad and his heirs were suspected to be concealed on the Castle and estate grounds for many generations.  Missing persons in the area and the carcasses of animals being drained of their blood on or near the Bran grounds were evident of the their revelry in the eyes of the Romanians.  In an attempt to end these rumors, Prince Constatin Serban had all known graves of the Dracul descendant opened in April of 1654.  It was never discussed what was found in the graves.

Today in modern Romania, the tales are still circulating. Visitors are warned to stay clear of the Bran and Vania forests lest they fall victim to one of the Dracul undead.  Though this is all quite speculative, (wink wink) The decision made by the Romanian Government to condemn the Bran estates due to plagued soil only gave new life to the rumors.  Perhaps it was an error in judgement that the Government stated the cause of the contamination to be due to the massive amounts of bones found on the property and surrounding error?

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Sekhmet – Egyptian Vampire Queen

Sekhmet – Egyptian Vampire Queen

sekhmet   Sekhmet was know in ancient Egypt as a fierce warrior goddess, the healer, the hunter and the protector of the Pharaohs.  Her following was so dominant throughout the land that the PharaohAmenhemhat I moved the capital of Egypt to Itjtawy.  Itjtawy would erect an enormous temple in the name of Sekhmet where various holidays, rituals and daily sacrifices would be held in her honor.  The city was said to have had thousands of statues erected in her honor as well over 700 in one funerary temple alone.

According to writings found in the tomb of Seti, Sekhmet was said to be the daughter of Ra,  An ancient legend tells of the end of Ra’s rule on earth.  Ra sends Sekhmet to destroy all humans that had conspired against him.  The legend states that Sekhmet’s blood lust had not been sated by the end of the battle, her thirst drove her to nearly destroying the human race.  Ra poured out beer laced with red ochre so that it would appear as blood.  Sekhmet drank the laced beer and became so drunk that she abandoned her murderous spree peacefully and returned to Ra.  After this Ra would refer to her as “The one who comes in peace” naming a holiday in her honor, “The Festival of intoxication”.   Sekhmet would now also be known as the protector of the undead, a ruler of the underworld.

Both the living and the undead sought her affections and would vie for the position of initiate at her temple.  Candidates were tested brutally, they would endure the ritual of death while facing the demons that awaited them in the underworld.  Those that did not succeed in overcoming their fears, if they survived, were disqualified.  Those that were successful moved on to become Sekhmet’s priests and priestesses which were considered extremely powerful.  Sekhmet’s clergy were known to posses great powers as both physicians and practitioners of the dark arts, having the ability to command and destroy demons.

Egyptian demons were separated into two groups, one that served Sekhmet and the other that were of the underworld.  Sekhmets’ demons were dispatched upon the land as avengers of those guilty of wrong doing, with them they would bring disease, chaos and pestilence to punish the evil doers.

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