Crossroads – Plain Speaking Part 3 – Peace for our time?

night_crossroads_RVLPresented by
Tim

With gratitude to Stefan Resurrectus of Clan Resurrectus, Stefano Bordogni of Il Tempio Oscuro, Italy and Gordon (Hesperus) of CLAVIS for their responses to the invitation and proposal contained in Part 2 of the “Peace for our time” presentation it falls to us now to look at the results of that exercise.

When the concept of this proposal first came to the point of discussion it was realized, quickly, that the usual round of counter-arguments would ensue. Counter-arguments based on “what is already happening”, counter-arguments based on the concept being seen as the product of a particular “group” or “organization” and the fully anticipated counter-arguments about who was “expecting” to be in charge.

Firstly I would like to point out several things.

I, and Lady Tania, regardless of any personal or group affiliations developed this proposal in concert with an independent third party. This project was NOT the concept of a particular group or organization other than these three people.

This proposal to action was instigated by someone who was in the VC/OVC a long time ago, who left for an extended length of time and then returned to find absolutely nothing, in their opinion and experience, had changed. If there are so many people working on doing so many good things in so many places within this ephemeral vision of “community” why are we, the general population of the “community”, NOT seeing it? Why are people of good character who leave for long periods of time returning to find the same problems?

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The invitation, going out to the list of recognized leaders and public figures of the “community”, was aimed at involving, ostensibly, the most influential people in the “community”, it was also aimed at considering whether or not the exclusivity of existing mechanisms can be considered to be truly representative of the entire “community” or not.

It did NOT represent an attempt to put anyone “in charge”, it does NOT represent an attempt to “police” the “community”, what it DOES represent is an attempt to propose the establishment of an accord to provide a safer, more peaceful, open and supportive real modern vampire “community”.

Indeed, one comment that has been made follows the realization that the “usual objections start to surface”. The question is how can there be objections to the concept of a peace accord? How can there be any objections to the concept of open communication and harmonious inter-reaction? The only conceivable cause for objection can be that the people who are currently placing themselves in perceived positions of control and command are actually opposed to the idea that anyone else can be allowed to exercise any influence or have any real input into the peaceful existence of the modern vampire community.

It is also very disheartening to me, and I believe, to the majority of readers and observers when they see comments such as this from someone who holds themselves forth as an Elder and Leader, “most of the fucktards proposing this “unity” type action are EXPECTING to be put in charge somewhere along the lines or pulling the strings from behind the magick curtain and are ALL EXACTLY LIKE Lady ***. Abusive. Manipulative. Willing to drop a lie at the first sign of breath. Willing to spread lies about ANYONE they perceive to be a threat to their own personal power, whether that person is wanting to be involved with them or not.

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Questions raised about the proposal

There were, early on, a number of valid questions raised about the proposal and I would like to address one of those; I noted in a post at the RVL Social Group right after posting the “Peace for our time Part 2” editorial, that even though I co-presented this article I would like it to be known that,

Before the commentaries begin to come in, this is NOT an attempt to set myself up as some uber-leader/elder of the “community”. It is not an attempt to embarrass anyone nor is it an attempt to “build an empire” for I will have nothing whatsoever to do with whatever detente or accord might arise as a result of it. The responsibility for building and maintaining the structure is up to the people who will become signatories to it.
It was my job to join with Lady Tania and bring the presentation to the attention of the “community” and sub-culture, that’s all. It is my job to report the responses to the proposal in the set time frame, following that, “my work here is done citizens”.
I will NOT be seeking, nor accepting, any active role in what ensues as a result of this presentation.”

So, in as far as the initial concerns that were raised we had answers all set out and detailed in such a manner that it would be quite clear what this proposal was and what it was not… unfortunately that has become a moot point.
The conclusions:
It is very hard, indeed virtually impossible, to draw any kind of hopeful or optimistic conclusion from the result of this exercise. Indeed, the very prospect of any sort of wide-ranging “peace accord” amongst the majority, or even a significant proportion of the sub-culture seem to be as likely as this writer becoming the first transgender astronaut on Mars ~ with deepest respect to our transgender brothers and sisters of course.

We have to ask ourselves why, why does the very concept of a broad and unifying peace seem so unwanted and unsupported; feared even? Perhaps it is a case that can be found mirrored in the words of one who attended a pretentiously high level meeting and discussion of a particular organisation, “Change is coming, however, if it is going to be on OUR terms…” and another attendee who commented, and quite rightly so, “Egotism hinders progress because it obscures the truth. People care about being right or promoting their own personal agenda more than facts.” [1]

It would appear that then, just as now, it has to be seen that there can be no common ground, no acceptance of the right of any other organization, group or other body to propose nor yet contribute to any form of progressive peace initiative. There can be NO leadership, initiative, positive effort or voice other than those who declare themselves to be THE only ones that matter and while that is the state of the playing field then we are forced to admit, whether we like it or not, that there is NO common “community”.

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As I have often mentioned, a person, whom some regard to be quite highly placed in the so called “community”, made a comment to me some time back that, in speaking of the modern vampire sub-culture “unity is a myth”… I wonder if Lady Slinky knew, when she made that comment, how very true it was and would continue to be.

Unfortunately we can draw only one solid and realistic conclusion now, “the vampire community IS a myth”, and it’s a fiction that has been woven around the ideas of a few people who have a need to feel as though they are in charge of something. The bad news is, there’s NOTHING there, NOTHING to be in charge of except for whatever little club they may have created for themselves. So, we need to address the cold hard truth of the matter, we need to stop running around playing Prince, King, Grand High PooBah and the like and trying to convince people that there is such a thing as a “community”, either online or off.

Vampires, in all ways, have always been popularly represented as “solitary”, there has never been a need to be in a “colony”, a “community”, a “nation” or any other such thing…unless you’re role-playing in The Masquerade of course. Vampires, real modern traditional vampires don’t NEED any of that bullshit, they don’t CARE for any of that bullshit and it is becoming increasingly clear that they don’t WANT any of that bullshit.

It’s time, perhaps well past time, to stop dragging the carcass of a “community” on our collective shoulders; it truly is time to stop flogging the dead horse, drop the burden and forget the empire building and the masquerading stuff, no one owns cities, no one rules anyone, no one makes rules for others and no one has permission to shove bullshit into other people’s faces. It’s time to stop the “media-whoring” interviews that make a laughing stock of real modern vampires and is absolutely well past the time when we should have recognized the self-serving, self-important “wannabe God” figures that have attempted to put themselves out there as the “be-all-and-end-all” of our right. No one is a “King” of anything, and those who have the sense to realise the depths to which this has sunk have already found other things to do.

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There are just vampires now, modern vampires, each on their own recognizance, each to their own and each responsible to no one save themselves and, in hindsight, perhaps it would have been better if it had stayed that way all along. It’s time to abandon the crumbling “castles”, the decayed tenements and look past the faded gilt edging of a fictional community; it’s well past time that we got back to where we belong, back to where we have ALWAYS belonged, time we get back to being Vampires, not Mickey Mouse Club groupies.

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1. Voices of the Vampire Community (VVC) Public Meeting – September 23, 2012

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Origin of the Species

"Le Vampire" Burne-Jones

“Le Vampire” Burne-Jones

Presented by
Tim

Good evening,
As you all know, and know only too well, the “questions” have all been asked a myriad times, they have been answered a myriad times and then; after a while, the questions pop up again and they are discussed again and sometimes, just sometimes, someone has an extra little insight to add but mostly the answers are finite given that we can’t prove a darned thing.

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Questions like, “What makes you believe you are a Vampire?”
“What do real living modern Vampyres do?”
“Why do real living modern Vampires do what they do?”
“How do real living modern Vampyres do it?”
“Where do real living modern Vampires go?”

So on and so forth, over and over ad nauseum, in dozens of groups, on dozens of websites and in dozens of forums so the question here is what are we going to do here that is, or will be, so different?

The short answer; Why?
“Why are there real living modern Vampyres?”

In 1859 Charles Darwin wrote, in the 1st Edition of “On the Origin of the Species” (Chap. 4 Natural Selection)

Let it be borne in mind how infinitely complex and close-fitting are the mutual relations of all organic beings to each other and to their physical conditions of life. Can it, then, be thought improbable, seeing that variations useful to man have undoubtedly occurred, that other variations useful in some way to each being in the great and complex battle of life, should sometimes occur in the course of thousands of generations? If such do occur, can we doubt (remembering that many more individuals are born than can possibly survive) that individuals having any advantage, however slight, over others, would have the best chance of surviving and of procreating their kind?

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So, we can only conclude that unless we are the very first generation, the base unit of a species, in our modern Vampire state, that we have come from a longer line of variations in natural selection than has previously been considered.

Here at RVL we have, in the past, discussed origins with several of our guests, guests such as Lady Kaia in the editorial “Chatting with Vampires ~ Lady Kaia
and guests Izidari and Danica in the editorial “Alternative thinking ~ The Vampire Retrovirus” but there have also been other guests with different theories on the Origin of the Species and, in truth, we have no evidence, as yet, to support any of the theories.

In offering another theory I am well aware that it will, in some quarters, be rejected, ridiculed and discredited by commentators who have no knowledge to effectively and factually argue the point – the arguments will come from nothing more than ‘personal belief’, and that, dear reader, is where all theories and hypotheses begin ~ in someone’s belief.

A clear distinction:

I do want to make one thing clear from the very start, this is not going to be an attempt to examine differences between Vampires of different paths, it is not going to be an attempt to discuss/argue the pros and cons of “sang” versus “Psi” existence and it is not going to introduce random differentiation between those two classifications and “Hybrid-vampires”. What it is going to be is offering a theory that may well account for the existence of modern vampires and may well already have precedents in current psychological thinking.

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There is a clear precedent that is set in the concept of “past lives”, or, more commonly, the existence of “racial memories.” Racial memories are those items of knowledge that are simply “known” by descendants of older generations despite the fact the new generation has never actually known, seen nor experienced the action that the “memory” relates to.

The School of Medicine at The University of Virginia has been conducting studies with children who appear to have memories of past lives for some time and the links to a number of articles can be found at the University Department of Psychiatry page. Furthermore, a full paper detailing an inquiry into past life experiences, conducted and authored by Dr. Paul F. Cunningham, can be reviewed at http://www.rivier.edu/

As I say, there is a precedent for previous existences and this forms one of the basis on which this presentation is made.

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The role of science and fact:

According to the commonly accepted physical laws of Thermodynamics we know that;

The four laws of thermodynamics are:[1]
[The] “Zeroth law of thermodynamics: If two systems are in thermal equilibrium respectively with a third system, they must be in thermal equilibrium with each other. This law helps define the notion of temperature.
[The] First law of thermodynamics: When energy passes, as work, as heat, or with matter, into or out from a system, its internal energy changes in accord with the law of conservation of energy. Equivalently, perpetual motion machines of the first kind are impossible.
[The] Second law of thermodynamics: In a natural thermodynamic process, the sum of the entropies of the interacting thermodynamic systems increases. Equivalently, perpetual motion machines of the second kind are impossible.
[The] Third law of thermodynamics: The entropy of a system approaches a constant value as the temperature approaches absolute zero.[2] With the exception of non-crystalline solids (glasses) the entropy of a system at absolute zero is typically close to zero, and is equal to the log of the multiplicity of the quantum ground states.”

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The Law of The Conservation of energy, meanwhile, states that;
In physics, the law of conservation of energy states that the total energy of an isolated system remains constant—it is said to be conserved over time. Energy can be neither created nor be destroyed, but it transforms from one form to another.”[3]
Energy can neither be created nor destroyed but it can be converted, or transformed. It is in this principle that we can base our consideration of the origin of modern vampirism.
The Human Developmental cycle:

As early as week 6 to 7 the baby’s brain forms into five different areas. Some cranial nerves are visible. From week 8 to 10 the baby’s brain continues to grow and in the 10th week baby is no longer an embryo. It is now a foetus, the stage of development up until birth. Somewhere during this period the elusive and not entirely explained, “spark of humanity” is afforded to the developing foetus.

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The “Spark”

No one has yet satisfactorily been able to quantify the “spark” that creates a human being; a foetus from an embryo. It is here that we are forced to think outside our boxes. Does the “spark” come from simple bio-chemical reactions? Does it come from “God”? Or does it come from somewhere in a stored energy that exists within an isolated system, as the Law of the Conservation of Energy states?

It is my contention that everything that has ever lived and died possesses an energy during its existence. When the physical existence comes to an end, as every physical existence must, where does the energy of that thing go? It cannot be destroyed as we know from the Energy Conservation law of physics, I conjecture that it returns to the isolated system from which it came.

When a new “existence” comes into being it is afforded a measure of this “energy” pool to complete its development. Consider then, what happens if, for some unknown physical reason, the new existence does not receive a necessary “full input” of energy?

Could this account for birth defects? Deformity of newborns? Deficiency of intelligence in newborns and so forth? Could the inverse also be true? If a new “existence” receives an overabundance of this “energy allowance” could that explain “child prodigies”? Geniuses? Brilliant scientists, mathematicians, physicists and other scientists, doctors and the like?

In the former event the lack of necessary optimum energy allowance could well lead to the creation of what we refer to as the Modern Living Vampire, a being that needs to supplement its lack, in some manner, to remain fit, healthy and well.

Alternatively, an abundance of such energy allowance could easily include energies of previous beings which may well bring with it knowledge and experience of times long past and hence the existence of “past lives” and “racial memory”.

Something to think about perhaps?

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I recall driving to Michigan in 2013 with a work colleague for off-site training. We were discussing a whole range of things along the way. My colleague was a hardline scientist; he had no religious, metaphysical or extra-normal beliefs in his body. At one point we had seemingly arrived at a stalemate so I changed tack. I asked him,
The Law of the Conservation of Energy says that energy can neither be created nor destroyed in an isolated system, yes?
He replied, “Yes, that’s quite correct…”
I said, “So, every living thing possesses energy in it while it’s alive, it’s either electro-chemical, bio-chemical, or some such thing right? It’s what gives us the capacity to think, to reason, to act, yes?
He responded, “Yes, that’s right…”
I then said, “So, when that being or creature dies the energy goes somewhere right?”
He replied, “It has to…”
I said, “Where does it go then?”
He looked at me, opened his mouth, closed his mouth, and looked out of the windshield and after several moments he said, quietly, “I never thought of it like that before, I’ll have to think about that.”

There the conversation, on that particular subject, ended.

Maybe it’s time for us, as a species, to think about things in a new way?

 

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1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Laws_of_thermodynamics
2. Kittel, C. Kroemer, H. (1980). Thermal Physics, second edition, W.H. Freeman, San Francisco, ISBN 0-7167-1088-9.
3. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Conservation_of_energy

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Vampyres and Religion; Do the undead pray? ~ Reloaded

Church of St. Andrew, Holcombe, U.K.

Church of St. Andrew, Holcombe, U.K.

Presented by
Tim

In the opening scenes of the 1992 Francis Ford Coppola film interpretation of the classic Bram Stoker novel, Dracula, Draculea (Gary Oldman) kisses a crucifix and says “God be praised! I am victorious!”

Later, upon learning of the death of his wife, Elisabeta, by suicide he goes on to renounce God in the strongest possible terms:

DRACULEA (translation): I renounce God! I shall rise from my own death to avenge hers with all the powers of darkness!

Draculea stabs at the altar cross with his sword.
Blood pours from the cross, from the eyes of statues, and from candle flames.
Draculea fills a chalice with the blood and drinks it

DRACULEA (translation): The blood is the life and it shall be mine! [1]

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This, then, is one of the latest in an ages long line of representing the Vampyre as anti-religious; evil and completely lacking in morals and conscience — what a good thing it is that we know not to believe everything we see on the silver screen.

At first glance it would seem that any creature that preys, or feeds, on people must be the antithesis of any accepted religious doctrine but then where does that leave the church? The organised religions of the world feed off the need of millions to believe in a divine spiritual being; the religions meet, foster and, ultimately, survive because of the strength of these beliefs — could this qualify as a form of spiritual vampyrism?

If we look back into the history of some of the world’s oldest cultures we can readily find references to the consumption of human blood for ritual purposes; rituals designed to bring about enhanced abilities in the consumer, or, to bring those imbibing closer to their divine deity or deities. Instances such as these can be seen as analogous to the “classical” vampyric activity for which the “undead” were most well known.

From the earliest historical reference we can find examples of vampyrism; the Hindu Holy Scripture the “Rig Veda” recounts vampyric activities, from around 7200BC, attributed to a class of lesser daemon.

Biblical tales of the female night demon Lilith represent a vampyric image whose fecundity and sexual preferences, according to some, showed she was a Great Mother of settled agricultural tribes, who resisted the invasions of the nomadic herdsmen, represented by Adam. It is felt the early Hebrews disliked the Great Mother who drank the blood of Abel, the herdsman, after he was slain by the elder god of agriculture and smithcraft, Cain (Genesis 4:11).

Egyptian mythology affords us the story of the goddess Sekhmet, originally the war goddess of Upper Egypt, and seen as the more vicious of the two war goddesses; the other, Bast, the war goddess for Lower Egypt. Sekhmet was seen as the avenger of wrongs, and scarlet lady, a thinly veiled reference to blood. A goddess whom, according to one version of legend, was set the task of killing the scheming enemies of Ra but became intoxicated with the taste of blood and almost wiped out the race of man.

In fact, in almost every race, creed and culture the image of the vampyre, or the consumption of human blood, exists in one form or another. This, ultimately, makes the vampyre one of the single most entrenched icons of mankind’s history and beliefs.

The church accepts the existence of vampyres

During the Middle Ages, the church came to give credence to the belief in vampyres. It also, quite naturally, concluded that it alone had the power to stop them; this position was reinforced two centuries later, in 1489, with the landmark publication, Malleus Maleficarum (The Hammer Against Witches). This work was actually produced to deal with the persecution of witches but the church held it to be equally effective against vampyres as well.

A further two hundred years after this, evidence that the Church still clung to a belief in vampyres was found in the writing of the theologian Leo Allatius.

A church scholar, Allatius studied the vrykolakas, the Greek vampyre, and in his work entitled On the Current Opinions of Certain Greeks (1645), he concluded that vampyres were oft the result of excommunications. His demonstrable proof of their vampyrism was that the body did not decay, indicating that it could not leave the earthly plane. Leo Allatius may well have been one of the first scholars to declare, officially, that vampires were under the power of the Devil and that they prowled at night.

However, a swollen body was also evidence of possible vampyrism. As some bodies might not decay rapidly due to the type of chemicals in the soil or cold air temperatures, and since bodily swelling was the result of naturally produced gasses in a corpse, many a dead man was wrongly presumed to be a vampire.

Conversely, in Roman Catholic canonical circles, incorruptibility –the failure of the dead body to decay — was also a sign of holiness, even evidence of saintliness. The difference was that a vampire did not totally decay but did become grotesque in form with discoloration and bloating, while a holy body remained almost perfectly intact as if still alive. Also, it was held that vampyres smelled badly during the period of lack of decay, whereas sanctified bodies did not.

A commonly held belief of early Greek Christians was that a priest or bishop; upon excommunicating an evildoer, could also prevent the sinner’s body from decomposing. Thus, the soul would not be free to go to heaven and was left to dwell on earth until it received a pardon for its sins. In the western Church this belief was apparently also held.

The case of the Archbishop of Bremen, in the 10th century, St. Libentius, demonstrated this. He was said to have excommunicated some pirates; the body of one of them was allegedly discovered many years later still un-decomposed. The corpse apparently required a pardon of its sins, by a bishop, before its remains would dissolve. The clergy, thus, had the power to make or break possible vampyres through excommunication and absolution.

Further, supposed proof of the church’s power over vampyres (hence the reported power of the crucifix or holy cross to scare off vampires) dates, it would seem, to medieval England. A writer named William of Newburgh discussed the case of a man who died in the 12th century AD. Supposedly he rose from the dead to torment his wife and, after causing much consternation with the local villagers and clergy, the bishop of the region pardoned the corpse in writing for all his past sins. The grave was opened and the actual written pardon was placed over the body of the “vampyre”. The people were surprised, or perhaps not, to see the body was still in good condition without any sign of decay, surely this was proof of vampyrism? Fortunately for all, once the pardon was placed in the grave, the alleged “vampyre” visited no more.

The Church, in Europe during the Middle Ages, in coming to recognise the existence of vampyres had changed the tales from a pagan folk myth into a legendary creature of the Devil. The vampyre, thought clearly a thing of evil and a pagan myth, had its believability reinforced by existing Christian doctrines such as life after death, the resurrection of the body, and “transubstantiation”.

The latter was a concept based on the Last Supper and the dogma of Pope Innocent III in 1215 A.D., which held that the “bread and wine” and its equivalent during Christian Communion literally transubstantiated into the actual body and blood of Christ.

Quite naturally, people who adhered to this belief, and whom partook of the “blood of Christ”, would have little or no difficulty in believing the corruption of this — the drinking of blood by evil demons, namely, vampyres.

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Dawning of the Age of Reason

The early 1700s saw the astonishing move by the Sorbonne University, in Paris, of formally opposing the common practice of mutilating corpses to prevent the deceased from becoming vampyres. The Sorbonne (which the renowned writer Voltaire had once been shocked to discover actually debated the legitimacy of the mythological vampire) finally took the radical position, for the time, that the mutilation of corpses suspected of vampyrism was a practice based on irrational superstitions.

The belief in vampires, however, did not go without intelligent criticism. Dom Augustine Calmet, born at M’nil-la-Horgne, France in 1672, was a French Benedictine and a professor of philosophy, Hebrew, theology and history. He was educated at the Benedictine priory of Breuil, and in 1688 joined the Abbey of St-Mansuy at Toul, where he began to gather material for his commentary of the Bible.

In 1704 he was sent to M’nster in Alsace as sub-prior and professor of exegesis. There he completed his book “Commentaire litt’ral sur tous les livres de l’Ancien et du Nouveau Testament“. The first of 23 quarto volumes appeared in Paris in 1707, while the last was published in 1716.

Dom Calmet also wrote the celebrated “A Treatise on Apparitions, Spirits and Vampires” (a.k.a. The Phantom World). This 1746 publication dared challenge the rampant vampyre superstitions of the day and spoke of required proof before acceptance of a belief. He especially doubted, he wrote, that vampyres could perform superhuman tasks, such as rising from the dead. He also analyzed and critiqued the supposed vampire epidemics throughout Europe, questioning their basis in reality.

Calmet died on 25 Oct., 1757, at the abbey of Senones, near Saint-Di’ (near Paris).

The vampyric beliefs that such rational thinkers now challenged seemed based on the general ignorance of the population. The greater tragedy of the vampyre legends was that the actual ascendance of the belief of the vampyre myth might well have been aided and abetted through the deeds of organized religion.
Religion and the modern vampyre

William Schnoebelen, writing on the subject of vampyres and religion, states:

Many people today, even Christians, balk at the idea of vampires walking the earth. They relegate them to the category of horror films; or else they ask how does the discussion of such a subject edify the Body of Christ?

“As one who is a former “vampire”, now set free by the power of the Cross of Christ, I have a certain vested interest in this issue which goes beyond the academic.” [2]

He goes on to make a very valid point in his essay, that of the idea of consuming the body and the blood of The Christ. He says:

It is also important to note that while the vampire legend is nearly universal, it reached its most epidemic proportions in heavily Catholic (or Orthodox) eastern Europe. Most cultures have taboos against drinking blood. This can doubtless be traced back to the command the Lord gave Noah after the flood forbidding the drinking of blood (Gen. 9:4). It is ironic that both the Catholic and Orthodox religions feature as their central superstition the idea of drinking blood and eating flesh (under the sacramental appearance of wine and bread) against the specific commands of God. That these religions are dominant in cultures where vampirism (both in legend and in practice) runs deep is significant.” [2]

Schnoebelen proceeds to claim that he was led to “vampyrism” by members of the Orthodox clergy whom represented themselves to be the custodians of the ancient, and true, secret of resurrection… “drinking the blood of the living”.

He claims that their representations were verified by initiations in which he experienced things that ultimately produced a marked aversion to all food except for human blood, communion wafers and sacramental wine. He further claims to have gone on to develop a genuine addiction to fresh blood.

A once widely touted, and employed, method of detecting “living” vampyres was the act of passing garlic around in church. Whosoever balked at partaking of the pungent offering was immediately thought to be a vampyre themselves. This, of course, is only a valid test if the religious notion of the vampyre as an agent of the Christian devil holds true; along with the reputed aversion to sanctified ground that vampyres were commonly believed to have. However, the very act of searching for vampyres amongst the church congregation belies this assertion. Why would a vampyre go to church in the first place? One would suppose, logically, that it would be for the same reasons that other churchgoers do — to offer praise to the God of that religion; to receive communion in the hope of salvation or to ask forgiveness for any sin they might have committed. Whatever the reason there is no clear or substantial reason as to why vampyres should not attend religious services. There is, however, clear and precise instruction in the Christian bible.

"Cain and Abel" by Titian, ca. 1544

“Cain and Abel” by Titian, ca. 1544

In Acts 10:43 it says, “All the prophets testify about him that everyone who believes in him receives forgiveness of sins through his name.”

There does not seem to be any specific exclusion of vampyres attached to this statement. So, by that rationale, if a vampyre were to go to church, profess and be completely honest in, his belief in Christianity and the teachings of Jesus we should reasonably be able to expect that he, or she, would be forgiven of their sins.

While vampyrism is not normally considered a religion by itself we can see, quite clearly, how belief in the existence of vampires (the imaginary creatures) is based on ancient religious myths and more contemporary religious dogma. An important point worth noting is that many vampyres (the real individuals, i.e. HLVs) regard vampyrism as a spiritual pursuit. In addition, many vampyres follow “The Black Veil”, a non-binding vampyre code of ethics. Ethical codes and spirituality are often components of religion.

Today, a chief source for the vampyric studies and resources is, of course, the Internet and a brief search will yield many, many links to the subject of vampyres and religion. Two of these I would like to introduce here.

The first is a widely respected and well-established organisation that boasts a wealth of informative resources for the modern HLV (Human Living Vampyre). The Vampire Church (http://www.vampire-church.com/) introduces its mission with the following statement:

The Vampire Church acts as a haven for people to find others,
and also acts as a resource for information, on vampirism..
The Vampire Church was conceived to do research and
provide a place, to learn about vampirism.

It may well be that the only connection to religion, organised or otherwise, is in the organisation’s name… a name that undoubtedly evokes images of steadfast and protective trustworthiness. Whatever the religious outlook of such an organisation may be, the connotation exists.

In a more esoteric vein, yet still highly reminiscent of religious symbolism, we find “The Vampire Temple” (http://www.vampiretemple.com/)

A secretive and highly selective organisation, The introduction to the Vampire Temple reads as follows:

Believe Nothing.

We are the Vampire.
We do not rely upon beliefs.
We operate from knowledge and certainty.
Everything We Teach requires personal verification.

The Temple Stands Alone.
This is the only true Vampire religion in the world.
This Temple is the only authorized public access to Our religion.
This website is the only authorized Temple internet connection.
We do not recognize any other claiming to be Vampire.
We are unique.

The Vampire Bible.
We are the Authors of The Vampire Bible.
These are the Teachings needed to practice Authentic Vampirism.
Our Teachings are Ancient and the only path to become Vampire.
We assist those who obtain these Teachings here.
We enslave those who do not.
The choice is yours.

Worldwide.
The Temple has an international membership.
The Temple has in-person meetings worldwide.
The Temple has an extensive internet message board.
The Temple has a dedicated Priesthood.

We are Watching.” [3]

Some rather extraordinary claims, undoubtedly, and yet there is the use of the word religion in the second paragraph of this statement. The mention of the “Vampire Bible” and the use of the term “priesthood” all combine to lend an air of organised religious methodology to this body.

In Conclusion

The vampyre was born of the beliefs and inexplicable experiences of ancient peoples, it came to be — perhaps due to its enormous influence, an enemy of the church and thus the vampyre was demonised so that it might be brought under the jurisdiction of the clergy. A clergy which, in its early days, used superstition and inherent human fears to strengthen and consolidate its own aims and goals. This is the way of any good organisation… by exploiting the natural order of things it may make its own passage more profitable or comfortable.

Prior to this canonical interference there was little suggestion that vampyres were particularly associated with daemons or evil deities. The Gods, and Goddesses that displayed vampyric characteristics were worshipped as fervently as any other deity of their time. Their vampyrism was seen as nothing more than a characteristic of their existence.

Following this train of thought to its logical conclusion, it would seem that the Christian Devil has no more claim to being overlord of vampyres than this author has. Subsequently I can determine no reason why vampyres may not practice religion, in freedom and in a socially acceptable way, like any other free-thinking being. The ages old concept propagated by many orthodox religions, that sins are forgiven if you perform certain simple rites, guarantee that vampyres also have a method by which – if they are of these particular religious persuasions – they may gain absolution.

Of course, that always pre-supposes that one sees their vampyrism as a sin – if not, then there is no problem here… is there?

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1Excerpt from Bram Stoker’s Dracula (1992). Directed by: Francis Ford Coppola. Screenplay by: James V. Hart

2Vampires: Hollywood is Pushing Them… But Are They Real?, by William Schnoebelen

3The Creed of the Vampire Temple. © 2005 Temple of the Vampire