Vampires sleep in coffins :
Vampires drink blood :
Vampires burn when exposed to sunlight :
Vampires are repelled by garlic :
Vampires can be warded off by the cross :
Vampires can turn into bats :
Vampires are exceptionally fast :
Vampires have amazing strength :
Vampires don’t have a reflection :
Vampires heal very fast :
This myth has its origins in the tale of the gravediggers who claimed to have seen the undead arising from their coffins. But vampires would do great even in a bed as long as it was in a safe and dark corner of their castle because it is solitude they are seeking and not the comfort of a coffin.
This myth is related to the medical condition of “Porphyria” which results in abnormal metabolism of hemoglobin in blood and has nothing to do with being a vampire.
Once again “Porphyria” is the culprit here as the UV ray damages the skin of the patient. So vampires might get blisters or rashes from exposure to sunlight but it is highly unlikely they would just burst up into flames out of nowhere.
The garlic myth has been there for a pretty long time and their source is unclear. It could be because of the extremely pungent odor as vampires are considered to have a superior sense of smell or it could be due to the fact that garlic worsens “Porphyria”.
This particular myth has its origins in Christianity as vampires being revenants, are considered antithesis of everything good and the symbol of God is supposed to scare them off. Innumerable number of movies has depicted this particular myth.
Bats have symbolized vampires since the advent of the gothic novels. In fact the similarities are there for everyone to see from their blood sucking property to their acute sense of smell and hearing and also their love for dark eerie places.
If you are a fan of “True Blood” or any of the latest slew of vampire shows, you will know what we are talking about. Some legends also bestow on the vampires the ability to fly though the current movies and shows have decided to stick to the more believable leaping and running thing.
A corpse is not supposed to be a strong what with its pale, waif like appearance. Still some legends have it that vampires have enormous strength being devil incarnates, a myth supported by the “Underworld” movies.
This myth again has a Christian origin as any creature without a soul is believed to leave no reflection in the mirror. But this could again be associated with “Porphyria” as patients of this disease are known to despise mirrors due to the grotesque appearance that the disease gives them.
Injuries don’t seem to have any effect on vampires as their scars heal almost instantaneously. Thus vampires are always depicted as shiny white without a single scar in their body.