Does Blood Make A Vampire?
What does a vampire feed on? Blood. Simple answer right? Well, not so much. Does a being really need to drink blood before they are considered a vampire? Or is it the act of taking anything part of a victimâs body that makes one a vampire?
Take psychic vampires for example, they do not feed upon blood yet theyâre considered a form of vampire. These people instead feed on the life force of others (also known as pranic energy). Not once does a drop of blood touch their tongue. But they do take something vital from a person, it may not be the all important blood, but it is their energy, their life force.
Then you have the vampires of folklore from all over the world. Remember the pishtaco and the churels? They are two separate vampire species that come straight from ancient folktales. Both of these vamps feed on blood, but, thatâs not all they take from their victims. They also feed upon their male victimâs semen, gross but true. And the pishtaco doesnât stop at just blood and semen, but eats its preyâs fat as well. Does that sound vampire-like to you?
The same goes for the strigoaica of Romanian lore, a vampire that feeds only on the life force and milk of cows. No blood, just milk. The shtriga is yet another vampire species that feeds upon the life force of others, and honestly I could go on and on listing each creature that does so. Then there are mythological demons that are said to feed upon souls. Does that make them a vampire too?Â And what of mermaids? Few would consider a mermaid a kind of vampire, but many merfolk from lore were believed to kill their victims by feeding on the personâs breath. Not blood, but still theyâre taking from their victim.
So is that all thatâs necessary? A vampire is any creature that takes from the body – be it blood, energy, breath, or some other bodily fluid?
What do you think makes a vampire?
Moonlight (aka Amanda) loves to write about, read about and learn about everything pertaining to vampires. You will most likely find her huddled over a book of vampire folklore with coffee in hand. Touch her coffee and she may bite you (and not in the fun way).