The interesting thing about these American vampires is the fact that members of their community, and in some cases even their own family members, were concerned enough about the possibility of vampires that they were willing to open a person's grave and desecrate their body in order to set their minds at ease. If you ask yourself what it would take for you to do that to one of your own family members, it gives you some small idea of how truly freaked out these people must have been by the events happening around them. Faced with the possibility that death (in the form of consumption) might come for them next, they sought to take control of the situation in the only way that they knew how, even though it was gruesome and ultimately futile.
I feel like I've written a lot so far about bodies in a way that's very explicit and concrete -- skeletons, decomp, mummies -- and so, in an effort to not write about dead bodies all the time, I spent a good few days thinking of something I could write about that's more cultural/historical as… Continue reading With Their Heads in Their Hands, Literally: Cephalophoric Saints and Biblical Violence
Deviant Burials: Archaeological Vampires So, let's get to the good stuff, by which I mean vampire skeletons. Of course, the skeletons in question are not actually vampires, but they were buried in a way that indicates that the people doing the burying were afraid that the deceased might be at risk of becoming a vampire. You… Continue reading Bricks in the Trap: Protecting the Village from Old School Vampires (Part 2)
It's been a while since I posted Part One of the vampires and I still haven't gotten around to Part Two yet, but only because I've been really busy with real life for a little bit -- I solemnly swear that it's up there near the top of my mental to-do list. In the meantime,… Continue reading In which I post about not Posting:
When you say "vampire", most people in our portion of the world probably picture the modern version of this folk monster: a beautiful, suave, smooth-talking creature who offers the prospect of eternal life. There are a number of different versions of this breed of vampire, and the one that comes to mind probably depends on… Continue reading Bricks in the Trap: Protecting the Village from Old School Vampires (Part 1)