Marilyn Manson said he feels like he's living a life of vampire who tries to prey on young women at night and "consume" them. Manson's pick up strategy seems to work, because women tell him "Bite me!" all the time.
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It seems that till the 19th century, vampires in Europe were described as awful monsters from tombs. Usually, suicides, criminals or malicious wizards turned into vampires though in some cases, by becoming a vampire as an "outcome of sin" it could transfer the vampirism to innocent victims. However, sometimes the vampire could become a victim of a bitter, untimely or violent death. The majority of Romanian beliefs in vampires and European histories about vampires have a Slavic origin.
Some common features of vampires in folklore:
It is difficult to make a general description of the folklore of vampires, as its features vary in different cultures.
* The appearance of the European vampire consists, to a large extent, of features, according to which it can be distinguished from the usual corpse; it is worth to open the tomb of the suspected vampire. The vampire has a healthy appearance and pink skin, it often happens to be plump, it has over-grown hair and nails and it has not at all decomposed;
* The most usual methods to destroy the vampire is to stake a wooden stick into its heart, to decapitate and completely burn the body. Not to give the one who could become a vampire to rise from the tomb, the body was buried head over heels, cut tendons in knees or put papaverous seeds on the sepulchral land of the prospective vampire, so as to force it to count the seeds all night. Chinese stories about vampires also assert that if a vampire comes across a rice bag on its way, the vampire counts all the grains. Similar myths are mentioned even on the Indian peninsula. South American stories about witches and other kinds of malicious or evil spirits and creatures have the same tendency;
* Garlic (to a large extent, characteristics of European legends), sunlight, the stem of a wild rose, hawthorn and all sacred things (holy water, crucifix, beads, star of David etc) and also aloe, suspended to a door or near it according to South American superstitions, are the items which protect us from vampires (also from other supernatural creatures). Sacred items of Shinto seal often protected people from vampires in Eastern legends;
* Sometimes, it is considered that vampires can transform into anything, without being restricted to the widespread stereotype of the bat from films and cartoons. Vampires could turn into wolves, rats, moths, spiders and many other things;
* Vampires from European legends do not have shadows and have no reflections. Probably, it is due to the absence of the soul in a vampire;
* The belief exists that vampires cannot enter a house without invitation;
* In Christian traditions, vampires cannot enter churches or other sacred places since they are slaves of the devil.
Debates on vampires in the 18th century:
A serious panic concerning vampires existed in the 18th century in Eastern Europe. Even government officials were involved to hunt the vampires.
Modern beliefs on vampires
The belief in vampires still exists. Though some cultures have kept their original beliefs in vampires, the majority of modern believers are under the influence of the artistic image of the vampire, as it appears in films and in literature.
In the modern folklore of Puerto Rico and Mexico, the chupakabra is considered a creature, which feeds on flesh or drinks the blood of pets. It forms the basis to consider it as one more type of vampire. "The hysteria due to the chupakabra" was often connected with deep economic and political crises, particularly in the mid-nineties.
Vampirism from folklore usually was associated with a series of deaths due to uncertain or mysterious diseases, more often, in the same family or in one small community.
Some modern psychologists single-out frustration, called "clinical vampirism" (or Renfield syndrome, in honor of insects eating the henchman of Dracula from Bram Stoker's novel), at which the victim is obsessed with drinking the blood of people or animals.
Bats became an integral part of traditional vampires only recently, though stories about them exist in many cultures. In Europe, bats and owls were associated for a long time with the supernatural, to a large extent, because they are night creatures. However, gypsies considered that they bring good luck and wore amulets made from the bones of bats. In English heraldic tradition, the bat designated the "Recognition of the forces of darkness and chaos". In South America, Camazotz was the god of caves and had an image of a bat. He lived in the House of Bat in the underworld. All three types of present bats, feeding on blood, exist in Latin America and there is no evidence that they have relatives in the Old World.
During the 16th century, Spanish conquistadors met bat vampires for the first time and learned the similarity between the preference in the food for bats and legendary vampires. Bats were called in the honor of folklore a vampire but not the other way. After many years, bats were drawn into art stories and became one of the most important vampire associations in popular culture.
In the News: Rocker Marilyn Manson is known for his extravagant makeup and strange outfits. But few people know that outside of his music life he's even stranger. The singer is fascinated by vampires and leads a night life like a blood sucking creature. He says he would like to think of himself as a love vampire - he lives at night, preys on young women and "consumes" them. Vampires can only be killed by being stabbed in the heart. Manson says he too can only be destroyed when his heart is broken from an unsuccessful affair. Metaphorically or not, the singer considers himself a vampire and is most active at night. Close sources say he is not so much of a day creature; sometimes he even has a light phobia. He feels much more comfortable and inspired performing his concerts in the late evenings and at night, just like a true vampire should. Manson is known for his even present gothic makeup on his face.