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The Secret History of Vampires: Their Multiple Forms and Hidden Purposes

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A look at the forgotten ancestors of the modern-day vampire, many of which have very different characteristics andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt;andbull; Looks at the many ancestoral forms of the modern vampire, including shroud eaters, appesarts, and stafi andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt;andbull; Presents evidence for the reality of this phenomenon from pre-19th-century newspaper articles and judicial records andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt;Of all forms taken by the undead, the vampire wields the most powerful pull on the modern imagination. But the countless movies and books inspired by this child of the night who has a predilection for human blood are based on incidents recorded as fact in newspapers and judicial archives in the centuries preceding the works of Bram Stoker and other writers. andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt;Digging through these forgotten records, Claude Lecouteux unearths a very different figure of the vampire in the many accounts of individuals who reportedly would return from their graves to attack the living. These ancestors of the modern vampire were not all blood suckers; they included shroud eaters, appesarts, nightmares, and the curious figure of the stafia, whose origin is a result of masons secretly interring the shadow of a living human being in the wall of a building under construction. As Lecouteux shows, the belief in vampires predates ancient Roman times, which abounded with lamia, stirges, and ghouls. Discarding the tacked together explanations of modern science for these inexplicable phenomena, the author looks back to another folk belief that has come down through the centuries like that of the undead: the existence of multiple souls in every individual, not all of which are able to move on to the next world after death.

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Anciently, not all vampires were blood suckers. They included shroud-eaters, nightmares, stirges, and ghouls. Lecouteux looks back to a time when vampires were understood differently from the child of the night depicted in modern movies and books.

About the Author

Claude Lecouteux is a former professor of medieval literature and civilization at the Sorbonne. He is the author of numerous books on medieval and pagan afterlife beliefs, including andlt;Iandgt;The Return of the Deadandlt;/Iandgt;, andlt;Iandgt;The Secret History of Vampiresandlt;/Iandgt;, and andlt;Iandgt;Witches, Werewolves, and Fairiesandlt;/Iandgt;. He lives in Paris.

Table of Contents

andlt;Bandgt;Introduction andlt;/Bandgt; andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt;andlt;Bandgt;1andlt;/Bandgt;andnbsp;andnbsp;andnbsp; The Vampire Myth andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt;andlt;Bandgt;2andlt;/Bandgt;andnbsp;andnbsp;andnbsp; Man, Life, Death andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt;andlt;Bandgt;3andlt;/Bandgt;andnbsp;andnbsp;andnbsp; The Life of the Dead andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt;andlt;Bandgt;4andlt;/Bandgt;andnbsp;andnbsp;andnbsp; Precursors of the Vampire andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt;andlt;Bandgt;5andlt;/Bandgt;andnbsp;andnbsp;andnbsp; Names of the Vampire andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt;andlt;Bandgt;6andlt;/Bandgt;andnbsp;andnbsp;andnbsp; How Do We Protect Ourselves from Vampires? andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt;andlt;Bandgt;7andlt;/Bandgt;andnbsp;andnbsp;andnbsp; Identifying and Killing the Vampire andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt;andlt;Bandgt;8andlt;/Bandgt;andnbsp;andnbsp;andnbsp; Questions and Answers andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt; andlt;Bandgt; andlt;BRandgt;Appendix 1 The Vampires of Medvegia andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt;andlt;/Bandgt; andlt;Bandgt;Appendix 2 The Dead Womanandrsquo;s Shroud andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt;andlt;/Bandgt; andlt;Bandgt;Appendix 3 The Vampire of Bendschin or Pentsch andlt;/Bandgt; andlt;BRandgt;andlt;Bandgt; andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt;Notes andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt;Bibliography andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt;Indexandnbsp;andlt;/Bandgt;

Product Details

ISBN:
9781594773259
Author:
Lecouteux, Claude
Publisher:
Inner Traditions International
Translator:
Graham, Jon E.
Subject:
Supernatural
Subject:
Folklore & Mythology
Subject:
Witchcraft & Wicca
Subject:
Vampires
Subject:
Folklore & Mythology - Folklore
Subject:
Metaphysics-General
Subject:
SUPERNATURAL;ANCIENT MYSTERIES;FOLKLORE;LEGENDS;MYTHOLOGY;MYTHS;MYTHS, LEGENDS & HISTORY;PHENOMENA;NEW AGE
Subject:
SUPERNATURAL;ANCIENT MYSTERIES;FOLKLORE;LEGENDS;MYTHOLOGY;MYTHS;MYTHS, LEGENDS andamp; HISTORY;PHENOMENA;NEW AGE
Subject:
SUPERNATURAL;ANCIENT MYSTERIES;FOLKLORE;LEGENDS;MYTHS;MYTHS, LEGENDS andamp; HISTORY;PHENOMENA;NEW AGE
Subject:
SUPERNATURAL;ANCIENT MYSTERIES;FOLKLORE;LEGENDS;MYTHOLOGY;MYTHS, LEGENDS andamp; HISTORY;PHENOMENA;NEW AGE
Subject:
SUPERNATURAL;ANCIENT MYSTERIES;FOLKLORE;LEGENDS;MYTHOLOGY;MYTHS;MYTHS, LEGENDS and HISTORY;PHENOMENA;NEW AGE
Edition Description:
Trade Paperback
Publication Date:
20100231
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Includes 8-page bandamp;w insert
Pages:
200
Dimensions:
9 x 6 x 0.5 in 11.83 oz

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Humanities » Mythology » Folklore and Storytelling
Humanities » Mythology » Vampires
Humanities » Philosophy » General
Metaphysics » General
Metaphysics » Magic Witchcraft and Paganism
Metaphysics » Wicca and Goddess Worship
Religion » Eastern Religions » Philosophy General

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