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Apotamkin or rather, The Cold One

I’m sure we all clearly remember the scene in Twilight when Bella is beginning to get suspicious that there’s something “special” about Edward and goes home to furiously type things into Google. The camera views of what she pulls up are succinct, yet clear enough to give us the understanding that Bella has come across some Quielette legends stating something about “The Cold One” and how this cold one is a vampire. But,what is The Cold One? Is there actually a vampire known as this?

Well, the closest thing to any vampire legend that would bear any similarity to the legend of The Cold One would be the Apotamkin. This creature is unlike most other vampire folklore because it’s exclusive to the Native American people. The Apotamkin was a bona fide vampire however, with all the abilities and super strengths of other vampires that we know. It was believed among Native Americans that the Apotamkin would feast on the blood of any animal or human. And it got its name just the way you would expect – Apotamkins were very cold to the touch, mostly because they were dead bodies.

However, it’s been said that the Native American never really believed in the Apotamkin and that it was a cautionary tale told to children. This was used especially when warning children about wandering off by themselves with no supervision.

And, as for Twilight, Stephenie Meyer has said that in regards to her version and her version alone, she had no similarities in mind when writing the book. She simply needed to create random bits of Edward’s character and piece them together, cryptically, with mythical vampire folklore. Clever, though, how perhaps even without knowing it, Meyer has combined her own imagination of the Quileutte legend, with actual Native American vampire folklore!

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kate • March 2, 2010


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  1. adelina July 19, 2010 - 7:20 am

    i did a research for school 3 years ago and i discovered that there is a dessese called vampirism because people who suffer from this deessese , in the past,had to drink human blood .maybe that why the legend of vampires exist
    i am sorry for my english mistakes but i am not from a country were we speak fluent english

    • Moonlight July 19, 2010 - 7:23 am

      Like this? :)

      • dimitry august July 23, 2010 - 10:06 am

        eu sou um vanpiro quase igual a edwart

        • Luís July 28, 2010 - 7:41 am

          e eu sou o pápa bento 22

        • emily August 1, 2010 - 12:40 pm

          really?

    • tanaisha July 29, 2010 - 7:55 pm

      wow edward is my boo i love him

    • melanie August 22, 2010 - 7:47 pm

      I was sure that its true maybe it is right but things are getting freaky if someone actually told me VAMPIRES were real…..

  2. Hannah July 21, 2010 - 9:59 am

    I found the same. There was a disease where the cure was to drink human blood. I think it was called vampiria. Maybe thats where the myth of vampires come from!!!!

    P.S IM A HUGE TWIHARD FAN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

    • Moonlight July 21, 2010 - 10:07 am

      There’s no such disease :) and drinking human blood doesn’t cure anything, they just thought it did back in the day

    • Michelle July 24, 2010 - 12:31 am

      There is a disease that vampires are based off of. It’s called Porpheria. Physicians told lords to drink the blood of their peasants. It wouldn’t cure them but it helped to stop some of the symptoms. I know this because my dad had it and I did a lot of research on it.

  3. Lusie July 23, 2010 - 7:38 am

    I think there are vampires …
    Hey! Does anyone have a vampire in your search? :):):):)

    • Bella August 18, 2010 - 10:04 pm

      Guess What! I was up late last night and some human like creature ran past my window! and im not lying its true! I thought that I screamed so loud it woke the nieghbor hood!

      • travis August 26, 2010 - 12:18 am

        ive always wanted to be a vampire coz im only 10 and im realy fast and not as strong as i am fast. i also have a avatar called daniel vamp who is a fire prince/vampire.he’s like my role model. from your freinds (and foes) of twilight, who do you think i’m most like?

  4. romina July 23, 2010 - 3:16 pm

    la peli estuvo re copada y muy chistosa

  5. tas July 23, 2010 - 4:55 pm

    look there was a disease back then and people thought that it was cured by drinking human blood…i am not sure if that helped cure the patient but anyway…i myself believe in ghosts , vampires , monsters , dragons and all that sort of stuff but they definetlly do NOT ecsist in our day…or do they…?

  6. MicheL Cynk Edward sLaLu July 24, 2010 - 6:48 am

    aqw inggin seperti vampier ynk kuat n tak prnah menyerah sepeti edward
    cepat,kuat,dan dingin

  7. rats-arts July 24, 2010 - 4:20 pm

    yeah, i agree with with michelle… Vampires are based of Porphyria, which is caused by abnormalities in the production of heme. People with porphyria develop blisters, itching, and swelling of their skin when it is exposed to sunlight. thats why they dont like sun light… ;)

    sunlight is not cause diamond skin at all…..

    • Moonlight July 24, 2010 - 4:55 pm

      If you guys paid attention, you would have seen that this has been covered HERE. Also, it’s not the ooooonly vampire theory, ok. There is also this one and this one.

  8. yang July 24, 2010 - 11:18 pm

    I want to know the cold one in 《Twilight》.
    Like Kristen Stewart saw……It’s exciting and cool!

  9. yang July 24, 2010 - 11:21 pm

    Well I’m sorry……just like Bella saw

  10. anik July 25, 2010 - 2:36 am

    i can`t find out the reasonable existance of vampipers.i think the taxonomist should create a new species-homo vamperior.

  11. lauryn July 26, 2010 - 9:14 am

    i believe in vampires and i am 12 but they say in the paper that edward may be related with vladimere dracula in the olden days and they think that vlad was a vampire and i am a proper twilight fan i wish i was a real vampire like edward and bella out of twilight and all the others but do vampires still live today maybe i should do more reasearch and find out

    p.s. sshh dont tell anyone that i love edward cullen more than my boyfriend xxx edward cullen for life on end or may i say robert pattinsonxxxx he is me babe xx

  12. Mohamed July 26, 2010 - 9:15 pm

    i belive but i want to see one to be sure but if I see one I hobe to did not hurt or killing me

  13. anik July 27, 2010 - 2:46 am

    everyone would like 2 be edward if he gets a young ISABELLA SWAN

  14. linda July 28, 2010 - 11:11 am

    hola bueno m gustaria q alguien m ayude a localizar a la creadora de la saga de crepusculo, x q creado unas historias espectaculares para continuar con la saga de crepuscilo q serian un exito y tambien he creado una cancion para la saga. y quisiera q alguien me ayudar a comunicarme con la creadora de las novelas de la saga de crepusculo, para q pueda leer mis obras

  15. jennifer July 29, 2010 - 12:34 am

    i am a huge fan i like all of your movies especialy the eclips i like that one so much when vampires and war wols get together and fight the other vimpires and i felt bad for jacob because he got heart so i like all your movies

  16. Rosalie Lite July 29, 2010 - 2:12 pm

    Question: I love drinking blood. I’ve tasted all sorts and I’ve never gotten sick. I can tell one human’s to another, because of the scent. I am NOT kidding, I swear. And people, their scent. . . But my skin is really hot and I NEVER get cold. I have fast reflexes, so what’s wrong with me?

    • anik August 1, 2010 - 11:42 pm

      i think that i want someone like u who will taste my blood

    • LadyLexy August 22, 2010 - 1:13 am

      im proud to hear the suject im the same I prefer type A and you?

  17. Lorrany July 29, 2010 - 4:12 pm

    I love the movie ever wanted to know which site it came for me to know more about Edward

  18. nahomi July 30, 2010 - 7:07 pm

    i love you robert pattison so much please if you get please do send me a message i love you i have so many questions to ask you even this one why dont you want to be a vampire any more edward is so cute and a oppurtunity just comes one in a life time please send me a message please.

  19. Raida July 31, 2010 - 1:04 am

    Blood is soooooooo delicious. Even some of my friends drink it. they love it. My favourite is B positive. Sunlight doesn’t hurt me much. And my skin, hot, even in AC. Am i a vampire? I swear I can drink any humans bloooooodd!!

  20. camila July 31, 2010 - 2:06 pm

    Hi, I live in Brazil, and walked seeing the site. I loved all the information about vampires and stuff.
    Congratulations. =)

  21. mariano August 1, 2010 - 9:51 am

    I did not want to confess the truth of my being.
    but in reality the vampires and the cold are not equal, vampires are people who drink blood, have many reflections, we fast, we are immortal, we have the skin cold, and we have a lot of supernatural powers.
    but fear not those of America. we are hunting in Asia.

    • maszmeen August 20, 2010 - 5:00 pm

      which place u are hunting in asia. i want to know. coz i’m in asia. specific place in malaysia

      • maszmeen August 21, 2010 - 7:48 am

        mariano… plz reply me!!!!

      • LadyLexy August 22, 2010 - 1:14 am

        we are being moved to asia im still in texas

        • maszmeen August 22, 2010 - 10:18 am

          how many days u take a time if u want to arrive in asia? what transport actually u use to come here…..

          • maszmeen August 22, 2010 - 10:19 am

            hey ladylexy, did u have any relationship with mariano…?

  22. Gisselle D. August 1, 2010 - 9:00 pm

    I personally cannot decide wether to belive that vampires are real or not because if you think about it when has anyone ever heard of someone getting a weird bite mark that cant be identified? But on the other hand there might have been strange attacks and the government just doest want anyone to know until matters start getting worse.

  23. anik August 1, 2010 - 11:46 pm

    are u not intersted to comment about ECLIPSE

    • bryana August 2, 2010 - 11:11 pm

      yes of course do you?

      • anik August 9, 2010 - 3:08 am

        surely!!!!!!

  24. amber August 2, 2010 - 1:00 pm

    Vampires really exists i really believe in vampires……..
    but what wud u say about me?
    cux most of the time i am really the cold one, obsessed vid water so much, hate garlic smell even cant bear that, obsessed vid mirrors and cant bear sharp day lights.

  25. amber August 2, 2010 - 1:02 pm

    i really smell gud and a great sniffer………

  26. bryana August 2, 2010 - 11:11 pm

    its not true u know that

  27. shorna August 5, 2010 - 1:50 pm

    i think this is interesting i wanna find out more

  28. dylan August 6, 2010 - 2:36 am

    i love twilight

  29. olea August 6, 2010 - 6:33 am

    Garlic is not leathal. You have a ring around the coloured part of your eye? Other than that, you would know instinctively. Your heart feel different. your hearing is amplified, you can smell so strong, that you can taste it. theres an irony taste/smell to people, You can sense a small temperature change in weather, you are dazzled by bright light, (because of the reflective layer in your pupil now) and the most tell tale sign of all? YOU WERE INFECTED!!! Duh.

  30. julianna cooper August 6, 2010 - 11:34 pm

    i wanna reserch it bc i am indian like jacob and we have ledgends like this. but the ledgends dont call them the cold ones.. we call them the blood drinker or like the creator. my people have simmalare legends. look it up.

  31. t man August 7, 2010 - 2:57 am

    tsk caqnt p;eople getoer iit i mean they r real n all but get over it!!!! if u love one so much go and watch a vidio of 1 any ways all the comments r great.
    final thoght: fred
    ps final tought:any 1 know how 2 sneak out of school :D

  32. andrea August 10, 2010 - 7:50 pm

    why can't we can't find peru and Bella can?

  33. kateykate August 13, 2010 - 11:23 am

    Vampires are real because if you look up scientific history about vampires it will give you all the information you need. I am half vampire because there is a sight where you can see if you are. Reply if you want the site of where you can find out if you are half vampire. Thank you..

  34. Candy Yi August 14, 2010 - 7:36 am

    Edward looks pretty good, Bella is very beautiful, I think they are really good fit, support them, and more support 《Twilight》!!!!

  35. 易显秋 August 14, 2010 - 7:41 am

    Edward looks pretty good, Bella is very beautiful, I think they are really good fit, support them, and more support <Twilight>!

  36. KRISTEN August 15, 2010 - 11:27 am

    I LOVE EDWARD CULLEN AND ROBERT PATTINSON!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I LOVE BELLA CULLEN AND KRISTEN STEWART !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I LOVE THE PER ROBERT AND KRISTEN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  37. estrella muñoz August 15, 2010 - 7:03 pm

    Hello they know that I am charmed with the movie twilight and all his saga I follow them up to dying
    I am his fans number 1 and not podria lives without edward cullen “robert patinson
    edward o robert patinson I LOVE YOU FOR EVERS

  38. Isabella Kirsten August 16, 2010 - 6:04 am

    I want the same book in the movie!Bella bought a book with a bule covered one!
    Could anybody help me to find?Thank you very much!

    • Moonlight August 16, 2010 - 7:46 am

      I don’t think that’s a real book.

  39. Luiza August 17, 2010 - 11:21 am

    HI!!!My name is Luiza,and i like a lot the twilight!!And new moon,eclipse!!!me believe vampires!!kisses…Me is your Biggest fan twilight!!!!!!

  40. karola August 17, 2010 - 12:29 pm

    wenaaa!!

  41. bella nona August 18, 2010 - 9:32 am

    hi worst bart a bout it that edwerd is allwas leaving bella that make the trobel happen love bella nona bella’s lover <3 <3 <3

  42. maszmeen August 20, 2010 - 5:14 pm

    i’m falling in love with edward cullen….. if edward cullen is real, i think i’m the one of regret person in this world coz not to belongs to edward cullen…. i love him so much!!!!

  43. stéphane August 21, 2010 - 11:21 am

    HI I LOVE EDWARD CULLEN AND BELLA SWAN I LOVE TWILIGHT VERY MUCH AND PLEASE ROBERT SEND ME A MESSAGE PLEASE

  44. LadyLexy August 22, 2010 - 1:20 am

    please calm your selves robert is cool and sexy we all adore him but he probably wont hear us (soulution: my friends spread word of this web site to 7 people.

  45. Rumi Matsumoto
  46. sassy jia August 24, 2010 - 8:50 pm

    I call dibs on Edward Don’t HATE cuz I got him. k HATERS!Don’t HATE APRECIATE!!!!!!!

  47. willia August 26, 2010 - 8:32 pm

    Dear,twilight I have seen all your movies and i have pictures and I hope u make more movies bye love u

  48. willia August 28, 2010 - 3:49 pm

    I CALL KISSES ON JACOB DON’T HATE CUZ I CALLED IT JUST BE HAPPY FOR HOW LOVE U LIKE YOUR PARENTS AND SISTERS AND BROTHERS AND EVERY ONE ELSE MABE U SHOULD CON’T ON YOUR FAMILY . APRECIATE !!!!!!!!!!!!! LOVE WILLIA BYE LOL LOL LOL LOL LOL LOL LOL LOL LOL LOL

  49. Akasha Jawers
  50. pavara malinga August 31, 2010 - 4:11 am

    maybe drinking blood is a good ways of nutrients because , the nutrients travel thruogh our body in the bloodstream.

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