posted Jul 1, 2020, 11:58 PM by Sophia Sophia   [ updated Jul 2, 2020, 12:19 AM ]
 by Sophia, High Priest III

Vampires appeared in stories or customs which spread across Europe from 1725 to 1732. Its etymology is unclear. The Slavic linguist Francisco Miklošič said that vampires are the most Turkic wizards (ubyr) (Etymonline).  Words translated into different languages ​​become "insert bites." The first use of this word in Old Russian dates back to about the 11th to 13th centuries, and it is a spread of the pagan worship of vampires (5th century to 15th century AD).  Etymology was later promoted as a global consensus term. Inevitably, both spiritually and culturally, vampires have coexisted with humans for thousands of years. At the same time, this legend and I have some unexpected intersections. These encounters brought me a very important lesson, that is, the supernature is an unverified science, and science is a relatively proven supernatural.

For thousands of years, vampires, despite their horror, have always been attractive. First, the most direct answer is that Vampires are different from other traditional and classical "monsters." Vampires are most like humans. Just like other kinds of human beings, they have the appearance of human beings and have the same life as human beings. However, Vampires have all the abilities that humans desire to have but do not. Secondly, the source of vampires is Europeans (or Europeans and Americans), and these legends strengthen the racist hierarchy, especially empowering white subjects. Finally, Vampires also satisfied the eugenics, superpowers, power, immortality (nor old age), romance, rebellion, and more freedom of life in human nature. The descriptions from legends, books, or movies have added a variety of contemporary bloody violence and fantasy aesthetics, cultural expectations followed by the times. To the extent that the Vampire has been passed down from generation to generation, it has been able to change to satisfy contemporary popular traits.

In 370 BC, Hippocrates had related records. Until 1871, the German biochemist Felix Hoppe-Seyler also discussed the pathophysiology of the disease. Since 1892, the Austrian forensic psychiatrist Richard Freiherr von Krafft-Ebing has written this matter in the psychiatric literature. Many medical publications about clinical Vampires can also be found in the writing of forensic psychiatry (Bergh, 1964) (Hemphill, 1983). Psychology professor Katherine Ramsland and clinical psychologist Richard Noll in his 1992 book, he coined the term of the same name, and he invented the medical condition and the diagnostic criteria which claimed to ironically imitate the "new DSM-speak" of psychiatry in the 1980s.  Richard Noll named the disease "Vampire" in 1992. But a 2011 paper in the Journal of the History of Neuroscience characterized Renfield's syndrome as an obsessive drinking disorder. It mainly exists in men and is closely related to sexual desire and bloody smell. Noll diagnosed Renfield's disease based on the patient’s early childhood experience, in which bleeding or tasting blood has some connection with excitement. After puberty, these feelings are related to sexual arousal. He said that Renfield's development has gone through three typical stages, starting with childhood vampire disease (Maria, 2012).

Another medical research route, a blood disease called Porphyria, has prevailed among the nobility and the royal family in Eastern Europe for thousands of years. Porphyria is a genetic disease that has become more common in inbreeding. This disease seems to be related to the origin of the vampire myth. It is sometimes called "Vampire disease." People with Porphyria are sensitive to sunlight, and direct sunlight may cause blisters. Porphyria causes poor oxygenation leading to the destruction of facial tissues and the collapse of facial structures. In addition to facial deformities, it also causes gums to recede, which makes the person with Porphyria appears to have large fangs. The sulfur content of garlic may cause people with Porphyria to experience severe pain, and therefore dislike garlic. Hundreds of vampires have burned to death during religious trials, some of whom were porphyrias, and consequently hated Christ (Hefferonm,2017).

Now medicine has a basic understanding of Renfield's syndrome and Porphyria that belongs to the psychiatric department. Although it cannot wholly cure, it can already achieve some curative effects to control the disease. It seems that the millennium myth about Vampires can be explained through medicine and psychiatry. Because of medical and psychiatry explanation set my prejudgments, I never imagined that such a legend would have a few encounters with me. This contact from vampires can be experienced by others, but many people have not recognized it.

I once had an Asian student M, 18 years old, female, orphan, who dropped out of high school in her early teens for some reason. She was isolated from the world and had lived in the attic of her grandmother. After the whole incident, I dug into her behaviors and found out that she was very unpopular with her classmates, but no one could tell the reason why in my class. After being ignored severely, she finally dropped out, of course. It was a sweltering and humid summer. I returned to Asia for class. When I had dinner with students in the evening, I received a call from M. M said she wanted to come to see me and say hello, I happily agreed. After dinner, the students went upstairs to wait for my evening class.

I left others alone to meet her at the front door of the building. In the dim light, she seemed weak, and she had a strange, strong smell. As soon as we started talking, I immediately realized that my energy pumped out of my lower abdomen. These "coincidences" made me suspect that she was an energy Vampire, so I let her pump energy for about five minutes until my bottom line, and then said goodbye to her. Back upstairs, I immediately used a Kirlian instrument called GDV (Gas Discharge Visualization) for testing, and the energy in my body was utterly drained by 4/5. I almost fell asleep as soon as I barely finished the test, and I fell asleep for more than seven hours. After waking up, I carefully listed M's situation in a list, and then looked around for any possible traces of her kind. A few months later, she was finally sent to her place where she belonged. This encounter is not just my own experience, but also the experience of the whole class of students.

The impact of this incident on me is that I believe that science proves spirit, and spirit is a science that has not been verified. There is a continually flowing relationship between spirituality and science. Science and spirituality are like two ends of a spectrum. The Vampire is a semi-spiritual and semi-scientific event, depending on where people stand in this spectrum and how they look at the other end.

History can be prejudiced and retouched, and legends have more room for rendering. I spent two years learning about Vampire[LM1] s and found that the truth was rewritten in every generation, plus the Vampire itself has its changes. For example, they can already walk among ordinary humans, and of course, they have evolved to remove the weaknesses of legends thousands of years ago. The Vampire has its cultural definitions in different eras and different groups of people, and a strong cultural foundation supports the existence of these definitions. No matter what these definitions are, there may be many real faces of different sizes, but every little fact rendered so much that sometimes it is not clear how far away from the truth it is. However, the legend of the Vampire, which runs side by side with humans, will still accompany humans continuing into the future.

Works Cited

Cara Santa Maria, “Renfield’s Syndrome: A Mysterious Case Of Real-Life Vampirism.” Science. 08/15/2012.


Hemphill, R.E.; Zabow, T. (1983). "Clinical vampirism: A presentation of 3 cases and a
reevaluation of Haigh, the "Acid-Bath Murderer". South African Medical Journal. 63: 278–281.

Michael Hefferon, “Of Plagues and Vampires: Believable Myths and Unbelievable Facts.”
Woodpecker Lane Press, July 27, 2017.

Vanden Bergh, Richard L.; Kelley, John F. (1964). "Vampirism -- A review with new observations". Archives of General Psychiatry. 11: 543–547.