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Other kinds of Vampires






The ancient Greeks believed that the Lamia was a vampire who stole little children to drink their blood. She was portrayed as a snake-like creature with a female head and breasts. Usually female, but sometimes referred to as a male or a hermaphrodite. The Lamia had the head and torso of a woman, but the lower half of her body was serpentine.


According to legend, she was once a Libyan queen (or princess) who fell in love with Zeus. Zeus' jealous wife Hera deformed her into a monster and murdered their offspring. She also made Lamia unable to close her eyes, so that she couldn't find any rest from the obsessing image of her dead children. When Zeus saw what had be done to Lamia, he felt pity for her and gave his former lover a gift: she could remove her eyes, and then put them on again. This way, though sleepless, she could rest from her misfortune. Lamia envied the other mothers and took her vengeance by stealing their children and devouring them.


In Lamia and other Poems (1820), the English poet John Keats writes about Lamia too. In this version, based on the information he found in Anatomy of Melancholy of the 1600s, Lamia has the ability to change herself into a beautiful young woman. Here she assumes a human form to win a man's love.


"Lamia." Encyclopedia Mythica from Encyclopedia Mythica Online.






As the mother of all demons, Lilith has recently been linked to either giving birth to the first vampires or being the first vampire.


This fallacy is linked to past Jewish superstitions in that Lilith drank the blood of children while in the form of an owl.


Who was Lilith in folklore and myth?

According to Jewish folklore, Lilith was the first wife of Adam. She was banished from the Garden of Eden when she refused to make herself inferior to Adam - she refused to get into the missionary position with him during sex. When she was cast out, she was made into a demon figure, and Adam was given a second wife, Eve, who was fashioned from his rib to ensure her obedience to her man.


In other tales, Lilith captured Jewish babies in the night and ate them. Sometimes she led young girls and young husbands astray. Although Lilith was demonized by early Jewish culture as a symbol of promiscuity and disobedience, many modern Jewish feminists see Lilith as a positive figure, a model of woman as equal to man in the creation story.



El Chupacabra


El Chupacabra

The mysterious El Chupacabra, considered a cryptid, has feasting patterns quite similar to those of a vampire.


In Spanish, El Chupacabra means "the goat sucker." It has been named the goat sucker because of the way it sucked all the blood from Puerto Rican goats, as well as other livestock.  As far as we know, there has been no human fatalities reported.


Sightings began in Puerto Rico in the early 1990s, and have since been reported as far north as Maine, and as far south as Chile.


One can easily detect whether the Chupacabra had any involvement in an animal's death because of its "vampiristic" method of kill. Puncture wounds in their neck and most of their blood drained is the signature mark of a Chupacabra. Laser-like cuts on the victim's ears are also common.


Although some people say they have seen the Chupacabra's tracks, in many cases there are no signs of blood or tracks around the dead animals.

Though some argue that the chupacabras may be real creatures, mainstream scientists and experts generally contend that the chupacabra is a legendary creature, or a type of urban legend.


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