There is a legend amongst the Hebrew people that tags Judas, betrayer of
Christ, as the original vampire. We know from ancient texts that Vampires were present on the Earth prior to Jesus’ crucifixion, yet the legend is still quite intriguing.
The story can be found within the book of Matthew. Judas was an apostle of
Christ that betrayed Jesus with a kiss for thirty pieces of silver. When Christ was crucified Judas attempted to repent for his sin of betraying innocent blood and would return the silver to the priests and elders that had paid him. When the priests would not accept the return, Judas threw the silver upon the temple floor and exited, intent on hanging himself.
The book of Agulah, written in the 843 A.D. by a catholic monk named Aed states that God punished Judas by restoring his life after he had hanged himself. Aed writes that God in his fury condemned Judas to walk the earth until the final days. Judas would fear the sun and be cursed to roam the land in darkness. Judas would never again know the comfort of death and would be damned to only feeding on the blood of living humans for eternity.
The legend of Judas established many iconic vampire traits which have been branded into the history of the vampire up to this day.
God cursed Judah with the ability to survive the light of day, though there are some legends that suggest otherwise.
The intolerance of silver – A physically painful reminder for vampires of Judas’ betrayal.
The fear of a crucifix – Another physically painful reminder, the result of Judas’ betrayal and the promise made by God to destroy Judas and his offspring upon the final hour of the final day.
Lastly – The thirst for blood as God placed the insatiable craving upon Judas to feed only from the living.
So what became of Judas? Very little was recorded of Judas and his activities after having been cursed by God. There are ramblings of a violent clan of vampires that existed in Serbia, Bulgaria and Romania for quite some time that were said to be the clan of the Iscariot’s. Judas was said to have had red hair, a rare find. The children of Judas were all said to carry the same trait, as did the members of the Iscariot clan. One legend says that the vampires of old, to include Lilith and Cain and the clan of the Iscariot’s had gathered into the city of Atlantis and were living beneath the temple at the time that the great city fell into the ocean. Many legends state that a vampire can not survive running water. Is
it possible that the vampires of old met their fate upon the sinking of Atlantis? Or perhaps they still remain frozen in time awaiting to be released……
Both the modern day Bible and the Quran identify Cain as the first son born of Adam and Eve, his brother Abel being the second. Cain was said that have been a cultivator of the land while Abel was a shepherd. One evening Cain selected the finest of his harvest to present to God the Father as an offering. Abel also presented an offering, comprised of the finest calf of his flock and other choice cuts of meat from fatted calves among his herd. God found favor in Abel’s offering and showered praise down upon him, while no praise was given to Cain.
Cain grew jealous of Abel. One day as he and his brother walked out into the fields, Cain murdered his brother with his bare hands. The Earth below swallowed his blood and immediately called out to God, notifying the Father of Abel’s death. After this God said unto Cain, “Where is thou brother Abel?” to which Cain replied, “I do not know: Am I my brothers’ keeper?” After this God said to Cain “What hast thou done?” “The voice of thy brother’s blood crieth out to me from the ground” At this God place a curse upon Cain. No longer would the soil of the earth yield healthy crops for him and he would walk the earth as a fugitive and a vagabond. The Hebrew legend states that the ground trembled as Cain received the curse, indicatory of tremors that Cain may have suffered while receiving a mark from God for his sin. In this mark God made and oath that Cain would wander the earth aimlessly and that Cain would have divine protection against premature death, no man could kill Cain.
This is only the beginning of Cain’s tale, though little more mention was made of him in the traditional Bible, other than his acts. From here Cain began to wander the earth until he met up with Lilith. There are two conflicting stories of where the encounter took place; The first states that they met as the Red Sea, the second states that they met while Cain wandered the land of Nod. Lilith sees that he is cold and hungry and welcomes him as she identifies herself as the first wife of Adam. After staying with her for some time, the two of them become lovers. Cain begins to realize that Lilith has powers and magic that he too would like to possess. Lilith hesitates but creates an Awakening Ceremony where she opens herself with a knife and bleeds into a bowl. She gives the bowl to Cain and orders him to drink of her blood. After Cain partakes in her blood he is visited by three angels, each offering an opportunity for him to repent of the murder of his brother. Cain rebukes each opportunity and with each rejection he is cursed. The first curse being a weakness to fire, the second, vulnerability to sunlight and the third would implant a beast like urge within him that would only be quelled by the taste of blood.
Time passed and Cain came to master his new abilities, as he grew stronger he again yearned to wander the earth, thus leaving Lilith behind. Cain was said to have eventually settled in a small agricultural community known as Ubar, inhabited by the children of Seth and ruled by their Kink Enoch; it was here that Cain would become known as the Dark Father.
The villagers were aware of Cain and were familiar with his mark, a short time passed before they began to worship him as they marveled at his powers, King Enoch would relinquish his thrown to Cain who would now rule over the city. A legend exists within the legend: One evening Cain was watching two young lovers amongst his court. So touched by the affections between the two of them, he decided to share his gift of immortality so that they could be in love always. The couple surrendered to his wishes but once they discovered that they could not bare children they became distraught and walked into the sun, thus ending their immortal life and love. Cain was so heartbroken by their actions that he forbade the mention of their names, thus wiping them from history. The former King, Enoch, had begged Cain to introduce him to his powers for decades, now upon his grief of the death of the young lovers, Cain was reluctant to oblige, but the raging beast within him longed for the companionship of others like him. Constant attempts made by Enoch would eventually win Cain over. Cain, in honor of his new vampiric son, declared Ubar to become known as the city of Enoch. Time passed and Enoch began to desire kindred brethren of his own, Cain obliged and created several sons. These sons became leaders of armies, farmers of the land and inventors of great creations. The city of Enoch became a great empire boasting some of the finest crops and modern technologies of it’s time until being destroyed by the great flood.
So, now we have examined both the Lilith and Cain theories, as the commercials say, “But wait! there’s more!” Next we will examine the Judas Theory!
October has been a busy month for the Adrian Trilogy! First a guest appearance on Whispers in the Dark, blog talk radio with Viktor Aurelius alongside William Rigler, another well noted Vampire writer. William was spotlighted in the first hour of the show to promote his novel- Terror’s Taste, he then was gracious enough to stay on live for the second hour of the show where he, Viktor Aurelius, Jeff Niles and myself talked Vampire lore and legend. Two of my favorite topics were discussed- The legend and history of Lilith, thought by many to have been the mother of the vampire race, and Jacques de St. Germain, A well known legend that spans historical documents and legend from the year 1213 until possibly early in the 2000’s. Those of you who are not familiar with their backgrounds can find several blogs here on my site where they have been referenced. A Fang-tastic show it was!
As many of you know, I’ve just returned from Orlando Florida where my publisher, DonnaInk publishing llc sponsored myself as well as Whispers in the Dark talk show for the entire event. We were able to air two live shows and had some fantastic guests! Our brilliant and fantastic photographer, Jared Brown, shot several videos and took hundreds of awesome photos which can be viewed on my official facebook page, www.facebook.com/authorlyngibson. I met so many cool folks there and saw so many goulishly goresome costumes! It was Halloween Heaven! Book sales were great as myself and Michael Leonard, author of Ryva, the Plight of the Fairies, stole the show with new followers and purchases. Kudos to DonnaInk Publishing for providing the platform!
Halloween night, I was sponsored for a local meet & greet/book signing by Monty’s Bistro in down town Hammond LA. Monty and his staff were great to work with. Though there was time for little planning, the event went well, the food was great and my wine glass remained full! I was able to have a couple of conversations with some locals in reference to other vampire legends that they requested me to research for future blogs, some sound really good! The evening seemed to fly by as I was able to spend time with some wonder folks and some very dear friends. Though the weather was dreary, the atmosphere was electric! The remainder of my inventory was exhausted at this last minute home town event! Thanks Marty for the invite, looking forward to next time! Those of you lucky enough to have purchased the pre-gallery release, hold on to them, they may just become collector’s items in the near future! for those of you who didn’t have the opportunity, I will have 20 more in my possession in a week or so, act fast if you want one, they won’t last long!
With November now under way, I am planning a couple more local events, one of which is the official book launch. I am confirming dates, times and locations presently, both myself and my Publisher will announce more details in the coming days!
On Monday, I will resume my regular blog schedule. I will continue to post “snip-its” of the book along with the character backgrounds until the book launch. To be his Soulmate is available as a pre-sale on http://www.donnaInk.org, Click the “about” tab, go to “authors” and find me!