Vampires may have been first to “uncovered” in ancient Greece
Though scholars still aren’t quite locked in on the official etymology of the word vampire and its origin in history, many believe that the term vampire comes from the Greek word “to drink” – as well as the phrase that means “plague carrier”. Interesting stuff, considering the fact that most people are under the impression that vampires are a somewhat modern “invention”.
The ancient Celts put huge stones on top of graves to keep vampires from rising
Though the most famous vampire of all time (Count Dracula) wasn’t exactly from “around here”, the ancient Celts used to put gigantic stones on top of graves all throughout Ireland, Scotland, and England to make sure that vampires wouldn’t have the opportunity to rise from the grave and take vengeance on those that killed them.
There are hundreds of thousands of modern vampires amongst us today
Okay, okay – this one is a little bit of a stretch, but hear me out. There is a real world (and incredibly rare) disease that affects hundreds of thousands of people all over the world known as “The Dracula Disease” – officially porphyria – that gives people symptoms that closely resemble those that are associated with vampires. We’re talking about incredible sensitivity to sunlight, pale skin and hair list this, and teeth that can become stained a reddish-brown – almost as if they had been drinking blood.
This disease is not caused by a bite from a bat.
The most violent “real” vampire lived in the mid-1500s to early 1600s – and was a woman!
Countess Elizabeth Bathory has been accused in her time and all throughout history of biting the flesh of young women while she tortured them to death come all in an effort to collect as much blood from their bodies as possible so that she could be in it. She believes the blood of these young, beautiful women was what allowed her to maintain her young and beautiful looks, and (by all accounts) she remained a stunning woman opened her death in 1614.
Vald the Impaler is the granddaddy of most modern vampire myths
The overwhelming majority of the modern vampire myths out there today are based upon a real historical figure known as Vald the Impaler. Alive between 1431 and 1476, he was one of the most violent men in all of history, and was prone to skinning people alive, impaling them on stakes, and dipping bread into the blood of the people that he had killed before eating it.
His name (Vlad) literally translates to the “son of Dracula”, and even though he was murdered in 1476 historians have absolutely no idea where his body is as his tomb was and continues to be completely empty. Historians believe that he was truly the son of the real Count Dracula, and that if there are real vampires out there, the odds are pretty significant that he is the original one – or the son of the original one, anyway.