One-on-One: Of dark mysteries and practical thoughts

Written, conducted, edited and presented by
Tim

Good evening,
When we look around the modern Vampyre culture we are frequently amazed by the sheer range of alternative involvements that are available. Every conceivable “kind” of Vampyre has been introduced, discussed, dissected and considered and yet we still have no clear definition of exactly what a Vampire is, or might be.

When we consider the popular archetype of the Vampyre we are given to expect glamour, mystery, power along with a vaguely threatening shadow in the background but is that truly what the modern culture is about?

There are certain denizens of our modern population whom, for whatever reason, are able to harness these things and are able to portray, with confidence, grace, glamour and aplomb, a direct, brass-tacks and plausible explanation of modern living Vampirism. One such person whom is capable of tying together all that it means to be a real Vampyre is our guest this evening, from the Ordo Omnia, we are very pleased, and honoured, to be able to bring you a one-on-one interview with Magistra Xia of the Ordo Omnia.

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Copyright Magistra Xia

RVL: Good evening Magistra Xia and a warm welcome to RVL, we are honoured to be able to spend a little time with you.

MX:Thank you , I am excited to be a part of this interview

RVL: Would you please share, with our readers, a little of your own history… how did you first come to be aware of modern living Vampires and do you identify as a modern living Vampire?

MX: This is a great question and a very personal one but I think the art of Vampyrism is in it´s true essence personal. It happens to be a unique journey for every living being that chooses to unlock these nature born secrets. I began my journey as child and started sharing stories of dead relatives I never met with my mother. This is honestly how I began and I think if someone took my gifts away from me I may never have pursued answers. Religion at first was the only solution outside of science that gave me some hint into the world of the inexplicable so I walked like many do from path to path trying to find the answers as to who I was. As i became more aware science peaked my interest much more than stories that had no real results. I found someone or maybe they found me as the expression goes . They introduced me in my late teens into the New York Vampire Community and gave me some books to read and the rest is history. I became an active member within this group for over ten years learned what I could and read everything I could get my hands on. I ended up parting ways with the group out of different opinions . I would say that my ideas and philosophies were going in another direction. Vampyre is just a word and as an evolved individual I find it very limiting but right now it is the best word that can describe who and what I am minus the flesh. I do hope however one day we have a better description for this .

Magistra Xia
of the Ordo Omnia

RVL: For you, personally, what is the allure of the Vampire? Why is it that so many have found this to be an important personal facet of whom they are?

MX: The allure ..no matter what you read in mythology or writings of other Vampyres no one can fully embody what that actually is. That is why Anne Rice and many people keep creating films and art on it. It is actually why you are questioning me now. The allure of the Vampire begins with the idea of Immortality and the concept of never-dying. Due to legend and story this persona is caught between angel and devil and because of modern authors we look to the Vampyre as a heroine. There is more allure there than what the authors and art can tell us. Seduction, beauty, refinement, primal nature , dark over tones are just descriptions that begin to give us insight . The true allure is felt it is an energy of excitement and possibly danger or maybe salvation. This otherworldly energy and the essence of what it means to truly transcend is the height of the allure of the Vampyre and for many in the community it is why we keep coming back to celebrations and rituals together. This joy of never-ending pleasure is the height of the experience for those seeking the allure and secrets of the Vampyre. It is the energy of the chase the circle of life , death and re-birth and the Vampyre is so close to the natural rhythm of things. Predator versus Prey. Others have found the Vampyre allure to be a personal facet of who they are because again the Vampyre is the ultimate primal energy. This is the closest concept that ties us to our roots and the future all at the same time. This can be an important facet of who we are without getting too scientific because it allows us to unlock the primal side of ourselves we aren’t able to be on a daily basis. The world has gotten so much more politically correct in this day and age that the functions of the natural world have become hidden. All one has to do is to look to nature and Darwin to understand the Vampyre in a better way. So this facet is more natural and more beautiful than we want to admit to ourselves . The Vampyre flows with nature and science while many philosophies of the modern age currently do not.

RVL: Do you have an opinion on the origin of the modern Vampire?

MX: I do and I have read much on the subject not that this means I am any closer to the truth than anyone else . From what research I have been able to unearth the origin could be in ancient Egypt and where mankind began. There have been skulls found with large vampire like teeth and if we want to look at our evolution based off of Darwin’s ideas then maybe our canines indeed were much longer in a different time when we had to eat without fork and knife. I think it is a part not much discussed due to church infiltrating state and us living in a day and age where opinions hold more value than actual facts. We have tail bones for instance and why not would our teeth have been longer much like the tail in the stone age ? These are all ideas I think that are important to visit .

RVL:…and given the supposition that there may well be tens, if not hundreds of thousands of modern living Vampires in the world do you believe it to be a natural evolution or a case of unnatural selection in nature? If, that is, you believe it to be a natural phenomenon.

MX: Again I think my approach to Vampyrism isn’t as exciting as others would want to believe . Vampyrism is in essence like photosynthesis meaning it is a natural process that has been going on long before there was any Vampyre Community, or books or drawings on cave walls. This natural occurrence happened like breathing air happens . My approach again is that it is more inclined with nature and the circle of life . So I don’t think its a natural phenomena I do believe science can explain it like science can explain other processes. I don’t believe it is an evolution yet or an unnatural selection in nature. I think just like the lions perfecting their hunt we are always naturally perfecting ours or we would have all the answers. So although we are always evolving I think there are more modern applications that can be applied to the art itself . If we removed the word Vampyre I do think things would still be happening in the natural world that would be Vampyric.

 

RVL: In your own case, do you see your vampirism as a gift?

MX: I think the gift is having the conscious application to actively use the methods. Then of course taking these already developed methods and working them further to find new ones. There are many individuals who aren’t conscious as to what they are doing so yes conscious awareness does make the art itself a ´ GIFT´

RVL: …and what would you say to those whom describe it more as a curse?

MX: I would say to them as i would the people who look at a glass of milk and see it half full. You have more work to do .

 

RVL: Do you agree with any of the commonly applied labels that are afforded to different types of modern Vampire, such as Sanguinarian, Psi, and Hybrid etc.?

MX: I do not. I have always found labels limiting especially as new work is being developed in the community how can one label continue to hold its value.

 

RVL: …and how, if at all, do you identify your own vampirism?

MX: This is an excellent question.  Identification of my personal Vampyrism will always begin with how I see the world . I am one on an island , ruler of my own world, master of my destiny and the existence I am in is my food bowl.

 

RVL: What, or who, may we ask, has been your biggest influences in the time you have been an active part of the Greater Vampire Community?

MX: Science has been a huge influence and Stephen Hawking

Magistra Xia and Magister Irhandi – Ordo Omnia –

 

RVL: The Ordo Omnia is a recognised entity in the GVC but very little, we find, is truly known about its history or its principles, would you tell us how Ordo Omnia came about?

MX: Honestly the only reason it did come about was because myself and my partner wanted a more practical scientific approach to the arts that would hold us accountable for our deeper workings.

RVL: …and what Vampiric concepts is Ordo Omnia based on?

MX: Simply results and real experiment. There is no religion involved and no belief system just application like in a lab in science class. So again I think our approach is very easily transmuted. You either achieve in the practice through recorded results and actual verification of energy phenomena or you don’t and therefore have work to do . This holds the practitioner accountable for all results. Therefore there is no false turn out.

 

RVL: Was the formation of Ordo Omnia based on any historical facets, modern cultural facets or purely along the lines of personal belief systems?

MX: Not truly no. I think both Magister Irhandi and I have been around the block and seen different approaches that work for others but not for us. This is truly the reason why we decided to form this . More applications more minds and results that could lead us to something.

RVL: …and what are the basic teachings, of The Ordo?

MX: Well we are a very intimate formation so all teachings are one on one. The first concept is results in ritual format if it isn’t recorded it isn’t there and you have more work to do . If you’ve made actual manifestations occur in ritual space then you belong with Omnia and we are ready to work . That simple, it’s all about work , no ego, no religion.

RVL: How involved, or active, has the Ordo been in the affairs of the modern Real Vampire society before now?

MX: Well considering we are a newly formed Ordo Omnia our activity has been limited to the New York Vampire scene and Gotham.

RVL: …and does the Ordo engage on a regular basis more online or offline as a Vampiric organisation?

MX: We have a gathering planned for around Halloween and will have our website up October 24th 2018 .We plan on being very active with others as we would like to think that sharing is what helps everyone to learn and find new platforms of thought.

RVL: Does the Ordo indeed have a website? If so, where might people find it if they wish to read more about Ordo Omnia?

MX: yes. People can visit us at  – www.orderofomnia.com

RVL: Are there any specific things that Ordo Omnia stands for or against at this present time?

MX: We stand for science and logical application. If we are ever going to get away from the idea that vampirism is crazy we have to find the science to logically apply it . Going to the moon was crazy and we did it right ? I just would like to see people have an easier time than I did finding my way with more answers and more safety nets.

RVL: …and how do you see Ordo Omnia in relation to the wider GVC?

MX: I don’t know if we even fit there . Like I said I think the term Vampyre is a bit fluid . I think it is ever evolving and there will be new ideas on the forefront soon as to how one can apply the practice of . This is what makes the future so interesting right now we are in an interesting time where old practices are meeting new practices and we are working on all getting along .

 

RVL: May we ask, what are some of the activities that Ordo Omnia is currently involved in within the GVC?

MX: We are helping with the Elder and Leadership Conference that Stefan Henderson is hosting along with having our first gathering on Halloween for those who are curious.

 

RVL: …and how long has the Ordo been actively involved within the modern GVC?

MX: Good question Magister Irhandi himself has over 20 years work in the VC both in Norway and the U.S. and myself have been actively helping those with questions and in seek of guidance for over 10 years.

 

RVL: As you mentioned before, and many of our readers are aware, Ordo Omnia is involved with the “Elders and Leaders Conference”  next year in South Carolina, can you tell us, what are your hopes for that event?

MX: Honestly just bouncing of ideas , applications, concepts, education and ways to work on material. It is good for everyone to come together and celebrate who we are as well. I think it is important that we address the issue of being able to be friends although we may practice Vampyrism differently . I hope this conference is able to make people realize we can all work our own way and be passionate and still be friends at the end of the day. Hell its boring if we are all the same and nature in and of itself dictates us all to be different that is the Vampyre way.

RVL: …and what do you see as being the most realistic outcome of that event?

MX: Would love to just see more discussion on topics and more ideas on education.

 

RVL: Do you have any opinions about the modern Vampire culture, in its entirety, today?

MX: I would say no. To keep true with the energy of Ordo Omnia opinions have no place in our practice only firm recording of actual happenings.

 

RVL: What do you think needs to happen moving forward from this point?

MX: I would like to see more peace . I don’t think unification holds any value for this modern age due to the simple natural laws that dictate the predator to be only answering to the self. Again the laws of nature is where the Ordo of Omnia is at and I only speak for Omnia.

RVL: Okay, my dear Magistra, crystal ball time… where do you see Ordo Omnia in 5 years?

MX: I see us having a permanent location in New York City with more free thinking minds on the application, and arts, of vampiric ritual.

 

RVL: …and, I suppose, moving on from that, what do you perceive to be in store for the modern Vampire culture for the near to mid-term future?

MX: That’s like asking when the world began or when will it end. I don’t have an answer for that other than I want to see more contributions, more peace and a Golden Era of celebration and I think if some good people can get together anything is possible .

RVL: In closing, do you have any advice for newly arriving members of the culture, newly awakened modern living Vampires?

MX: Of course . Question everything . Never believe anyones ideology over your own and listen to your instincts . If you are a Vampyre a real Vampyre you are NOT A FOLLOWER  and you are not to be used as a tool for someones ego or their endeavors. Rise on your own throne and celebrate life with your equals. Anything is possible and the existence of the Vampyre is the most beautiful and magnetic one yet.

 

RVL: …and in general, anything else you would care to share with our readership?

MX:  A word of advice – Change is one of the greatest tools of the Vampyre besides feeding . If we are able to change we can adapt quicker and evolve faster . Be hungry, challenge everything and enjoy the ride .

 

RVL: Magistra Xia, it has been a perfect delight to have been able to speak with you. We would like to wish you, and Ordo Omnia the best of fortune and, if we may, we’d like to keep in touch and check in from time to time, would that be alright?

MX: Magister Irhandi and I would love that. Thank you for allowing us this interview.


In the modern Vampyre culture today there are those whom lean, almost exclusively, toward science as being the explanation for the state of being “Vampire”, there are others who attribute it to spiritual effects and causes, still others whom attribute it to genetics, to birthright and to all manner of things… most often there is a highly passionate defence of the “point of view” against all comers.

Magistra Xia has shared with us a most balanced and easily digested theory, a blend of science, evolution and natural selection and, certainly to this writer, this would seem to encompass the many unknown variables that we will, someday, discover to be in attendance in the modern living Vampyre.

As I said, in this interview, a delightful mix of glamour and good sense.

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“The time has come,” the Walrus said,

“To talk of many things:

Of shoes–and ships–and sealing-wax–

   Of cabbages–and kings–

And why the sea is boiling hot–

   And whether pigs have wings.”

“The Walrus and The Carpenter” ~ Lewis Carroll ~

Devilishly designed and developed, written and evilly edited by

Tim

Allo,,, back again, didja miss me? What? Why? Why am I back to disturb your digestion? Simple really…

Tell ’em Sidney…

“There were times,

I´m sure you knew

When there was but – but

Wot fuckall else to do,”

 

Good evening viewers,
I was planning to make this a black tie event but… I don’t have a black tie…
So, I thought I’d pop in and annoy the living fuck outta everyone again, share some music, share some thoughts, share some news from around the place, have a “weekly biatch” and make some purely personal deep and meaningful observations about shit that I have been privileged to see lately… sound fair? Good, well, off we go then…

Mwahahahahahahahahahahaha…!!! EPIC LEO…!!!

Tell me, do you sometimes sit in front of ye olde computer, or go to a “Vampyre Ball”, attend some other offline function connected with, or somehow influenced by the modern Vampire culture and find yourself thinking, “FUCK ME BACKWARDS… I’m actually EMBARRASSED to be associated with this culture”.? I guess it happens to all of us at one time or another… times when it makes about as much sense as buying lamb kidneys to make beef stroganoff…

What do you do when it happens to you?

 

Okayyyyyy, let’s just chill for a minute or two and see what my esteemed Research Director has for us this time… 

Oh yeah… NEW JERRRRRRRRR-SEY…!!! Are you reading, over?

September in
The Iron Garden

Get It On…!!!

Friday, Sept 28th – 9PM Sharp!

 

Not in NJ? Oh, that’s a shame… what about *drumroll*

AUS-TINNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNN, come on dowwwwwwwwn…!!!

 

“Come Out, Come Out, Wherever You Are … and join all the creatures of the night, while perusing the macabre wares of local artisan Vampires, Witches, Werewolves and other Supernatural Beings.”

A Seance will be hosted by “Austin Mediums” at 10pm in the Seance Room Inside The Glass Coffin.

Wooooooooh… spooky shit dudes and dudettes… if you never experienced a seance first hand, check it out yeah?

Image source: The Glass Coffin

Heyyyyy, wait one cotton pickin’ minute… weren’t these Talamasca peeps, like, not so good to the poor ol’ vamps in QotD??? 

Talamasca: The Dark Gifts Market

Public · Hosted by The Glass Coffin: Vampire Parlour

Saturday, October 13 at 6 PM – 11 PM

Ohhhhhh… I see…

…and one more juicy tid-bit for y’all;

“If you are in NOLA, don’t miss this. I had the honor of being able to read this book a few months ago …. if you are an avid Dracula fan you will love this prequel …”
~ Lady M ~

Tuesday, October 9 at 6 PM – 7:30 PM

Garden District Book Shop

2727 Prytania St, New Orleans, Louisiana 70130

Hosted by Garden District Book Shop

OI, lookit, I reckon the drummer looks just like Ozzie Osborne…!!!

Nyuk… nyuk… nyuk… sweet dreams kiddies…!!!

Alright, let’s check the fuckin’ noise for a minute… there’s something that really needs paying attention to – YET AGAIN. Now this week, we have a “Guest Biatch” – that’s right, a special guest ‘Biatch’…

Johnny Rotten (A.K.A. John Lydon)
Img. source: AllMusic



Yeah, a VERY fitting song for us today…

Posted on July 7, 2012… remember that do ya?
“Bigotry in a Marginalized Minority Community – Vampires and Human Rights”

A wonderful editorial by Lady Elzie Roze. Now some might think that, “Yes, we’ve developed beyond that now, we’re past all that stuff that was going on back then…!”

BULL-PISSING-SHIT…!!! No more than four days ago (9/9/18 to be precise) we were privileged to witness one of the most blatant cases of “bigotry” that has been perpetrated lately and it really leaves one wondering… “What, did we we just stumble onto the set of the latest Underworld movie???” 

Now there might be people out there, perhaps a very large number who think it’s okay to have an opinion… you’re right, it is okay to have an opinion BUT it is not fucking alright to ram that opinion in people’s faces in a public forum, hosted by someone else and be flagrantly dismissive and outright prejudiced to boot.

If you’re ready to do that shit you might as well go and put on a pair of big boots and start marching around yelling “RAHOWAR…!!!”there’s no fucking difference.

Prejudice, bigotry, racism, intolerance, self-superiority… all disgusting things that bring NO BENEFIT, make the person acting thus look like a prize dick and resolves absolutely nothing all while creating a lasting ill-will and impression that weakens the perpetrator’s position and cause for a long time.

NO ONE RESPECTS A BIGOT, end of story…!!!


So there… I said it…

Now, there is one more thing I’d like y’all to think about…

So, here’s what I think… next time you sit down to watch your favourite T.V. show, movie, or sit down at your computer set a kitchen timer for fifteen minutes and when it rings pause for a minute’s silence for the person that died while you were sitting there… 1 every 15 minutes.

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For further information please see the RVL Website Disclaimer

 

Crossroads 2018 – This is rumour control

“To state the facts frankly is not to despair the future nor indict the past.”
~ John F. Kennedy ~

Written and presented by
Tim

Foreword

Picking up on things, as we do, we came across this little anecdote yesterday;

“One thing that gets on my nerves is anyone claiming to be a direct descendant of Dracula.” 
And,

“Elizabeth Bathory is a distant cousin of Vlad separated by almost a century. So for those of you that keep claiming this as a vampiric claim, please stop the fucking shit. You’re full of shit, don’t know your history and are nothing more than a role-player with severe mental disorders. Seek help and get the hell our of our community.”

Andrews ( Brian Glover,
April 2, 1934 – July 24, 1997) in “Alien 3”
Twentieth Century Fox (presents)
Brandywine Productions, 1992.

In order that this “confusion” is dealt with as succinctly as possible we are going to invite you, the “seeker”, to accompany us on a little journey through a particular period of time in the development of history and which leads to the first “credible” account of vampiric activity. This is a story that has been detailed many times before but it seems that, once again, the “evidence”, such as it is, needs be revisited so that we might keep our feet firmly on the ground, and not sparkle in sunlight et al.

In search of the first Vampyre

As has been pointed out, over and over again, the image of the Vampire exists in the folklore and myths of pretty much every single country and race in the world. It’s a tangled and murky ocean that we plunge into if we try to make sense of the myriad creatures that comprise the “Vampire” archetype and it may seem as though it becomes the proverbial ‘needle in the haystack’ when we begin to look for the “First” Vampyre – NOT SO.

In his book “The First Vampire” (pub. Sept. 30, 2014) author John Davies reportedly “provides an alarmingly plausible explanation of why and how the first human was transformed into a vampire, against a backdrop of factual Eastern European history.”

It needs be pointed out that the publication is a fiction novel in the Gothic fiction genre.

The cover bears the image of one Vlad III, a medieval ruler of a Romanian region known as Wallachia (a.k.a. Vlad the Impaler, Vlad Țepeș and Vlad Drăculea) He was a warlord, a voivode (prince) and he led many battles in a seemingly unending campaign against the Turks of the Ottoman Empire during his reigns.

Vlad Tepes

There are a myriad tales that go with this person. Tales that reached as far as Germany and Italy in the day and spoke of brutal punishments exacted upon enemies. Punishments that included his reported favourite of impaling his enemies. There are scattered claims that he dined on the internal organs of his enemies, claims that he dipped his bread in their blood – not an uncommon practice in many parts of the world where livestock blood has been used in cooking for tens of thousands of years.

The one thing that he was never described as, even in his lifetime when suspicion of such things was never far from consciousness, a Vampyre.

The legends about Vlad found renewed life at the hands of a gentleman adventurer and sometime scholar from Budapest by the name of Arminius van Buren who was a known contemporary of, and known to be in communication with, Bram Stoker during the writing of the famous novel “Dracula”. Needless to say there are many whom believe that the lead character in Stoker’s novel was none other than Vlad the Impaler. While it is highly likely that the tales of Vlad formed much of the background for Stoker’s work there is absolutely no proof whatsoever that this was the case, or that Vlad ever engaged in Vampiric activity.

So, again, here we stand at a crossroads, clutching our carefully compiled notes and we’re no closer to an answer than we were before, nor can we be. The thing about folklore, legends, myths and the like is that it is pretty much impossible to separate what may have been a germ of fact that gave birth to the “legend” from the “retelling and embellishing” that occurred in order to keep audiences interested.

This, in a time when many histories were passed on orally, was the stock in trade of a small caste, as was the access to writing and the compilation of records of observation. Chinese Whispers you might say…

Where do we begin?

The first, confirmable and observable reference to a “Vampiric” being dates back to around 3200 BC in Cuneiform writings from Sumeria. Lilith appears as one of a group of Sumerian vampire/cannibal demons that included Lillu, Ardat Lili and Irdu Lili.

The Burney relief

This then is, arguably, the first “Vampire”, the first four actually but there is a problem. In those days no one had the frames of reference to explain certain things that happened. There was rudimentary medicine of a natural form, rudimentary science that was confined to what could be seen with the naked eye – this left a lot of things totally inexplicable and so the people of the time, to give their world some semblance of order, created mythological beings that were held to be responsible for things, or blamed when things went wrong. We still do that today when you think about it, six thousand people die in an earthquake and you’ll hear that it was “God’s will”, of course, if you talk to a seismologist he/she will tell you exactly why six thousand people perished.

We must, unfortunately, dispense with “mythological” sources for the “First Vampire” since we have absolutely no proof of an actual physical existence.

In the year 1047AD we read of the first mention of a word derivative for Vampyre, that is “Upir”.

Upir is the name given to vampires in Russian language/Slavic languages. Pronunciation of the name differs from country to country and it has variations such as Opir, Opur, Upyr and Upier.”

The most vivid stories regarding these creatures belong to Ukrainian and Belarusian cultures although their existence was a very common belief in countries such as Poland, Romania, Russia and the former Czechoslovakia.

Unlike the normal vampires in the folktales, upirs could walk in the daylight and did not burn.

“The Book of Prophecy”, written in “proto-Russian” (derived from older Slavonic roots) in 1047 AD for Vladimir Jaroslav, Prince of Novgorod mentioned a priest and gave this priest the title of “Upir Lichy”, which literally translated means wicked vampire or extortionate vampire. Since there was no recorded mention of this individual engaging in what we might call, “Vampiric activity” we are left only to assume that the term “Upir”, or Vampire, was employed in the sense of the priest being an extortionist that preyed on those whom had wealth or the like. Still no sign of the “First Vampire” as we are considering the term to be used. Bear in mind, one of the common definitions of “Vampire” is, “A person who preys ruthlessly upon others; extortionist.” (Ref. Dictionary.com)

In 1136AD William of Newburgh was born in England. William was a chronicler throughout his life and his greatest work was his, Historia Rerum Anglicarum, also known as The Chronicles, and was completed near the end of his life. Chapters 32 to 34 relate to a number of stories of contemporary revenants, which William had collected during his adult years. Accounts such as that of Alnwick and Melrose Abbey have been repeatedly cited as evidence of a vampyre lore existing in the British Isles in ancient times. William passed away, at Newburgh somewhere between 1198 and 1208AD.

In 1190AD Walter Map’s De Nagis Curialium included accounts of vampire-like beings in England.

Bear in mind, if you will, this is some 241 years before Vlad the Impaler was born.

IF Vlad were the “First Vampire” where did the reports that William and Walter compiled originate?

Ecsedi Báthory Erzsébet (a.k.a. Countess Elizabeth Báthory de Ecsed, The Blood Countess, Alžbeta Bátoriová, 7 August 1560 – 21 August 1614) was another historical figure that has long been associated with Vampirism. During her trial the testimony of more than 300 witnesses, and survivors, bore testament to her brutality as well as physical evidence, and the presence of horribly mutilated dead, dying and imprisoned girls, found at the time of her arrest. It is important to note that tales such as her bathing in the blood of virgins were created years after her death and are generally regarded as unreliable at best. A Franciscan scholar whom was despatched to observe her trial recorded that there was no direct evidence given in regards to her consuming the blood of her victims. Her story quickly became part of national folklore in her home country.

Copy of the original portrait of Erzsébet Báthory ca.1585
(disappeared in the 1990s).

So, in considering what was recorded, reported and observed, that fairly well takes care of two of history’s front runners for the title of “Vampire”. Where to from here?

 

Wrongfully accused?

Gelnhausen, Germany.
Photo: Viktor Baronov

Clara Geisslerin was a 69-year-old widow in the town of Gelnhausen, Germany. In 1597AD she was accused of witchcraft amongst other charges which included grave-robbing, murder, and consorting with demons. Under torture (by thumbscrews and the rack), she confessed to sexual relations with demons in the form of animals and to drinking the blood of sixty children that she had killed. She also named twenty other women who she said were guilty.

However, Geisslerin recanted her confession when the torture was stopped. Local authorities, fearing for her soul, resumed the torture a second time. Geisslerin again confessed, adding that she had conceived many children with the demons and had killed them all. She recanted once more as soon as she was taken off the rack, and told her accusers that God would be their judge. The other twenty suspects had been questioned and implicated Geisslerin by then, so the old woman was tortured a third time. A confession was once again elicited but Geisslerin could not recant this time because she died under the pressure. The judges in the case attributed her death to the devil, who, they said, did not want Geisslerin to disclose any further details.

 

The first “reported” Vampire case

 

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In the year 1656 an Istrian (modern day Croatia) peasant, by the name of Jure Grando Alilović (a.k.a. Giure Grando, Jure Grando b.1579 – d.1656) died and was buried in the village of Kringa. In 1672 his body was disinterred and decapitated as a vampire. It was recounted that the village priest, Giorgio, who had presided at Grando’s funeral some sixteen years earlier was told that at night somebody would knock on the doors around the village, and on whichever door the knock came, someone from that house would die within the next few days.

Also, reportedly, “Grando also appeared to his terrified widow in her bedroom, who described the corpse as looking as though he was smiling and gasping for breath, and would then sexually assault her.”

Eventually, after once chasing the revenant and trying to pierce its chest with a Hawthorn stick to no avail, a party of nine people went to the graveyard, carrying a cross, lamps and, again, a hawthorn stick. They dug up the coffin, and, allegedly, found a perfectly preserved corpse with a smile on its face. They tried to pierce its heart again, but the stick could not penetrate its flesh. After some exorcism prayers one of them, a villager by the name of Stipan Milašić, took a saw and sawed the corpse’s head off. As soon as the saw tore his skin, the vampire reportedly screamed and blood started to flow until soon the whole grave was full of blood.

Fanciful exaggeration? A folk tale embellished over time? For the first time we have access to details of not one but nine observers of an action against a Vampire… were the reporters of this incident clergymen? Was the tale purposely made disproportionate in order to hold people to the fear of the Christian Devil? What did the nine people at that grave actually see? Remember, in those days it was pretty much the province of the clergy to record, in writing, such incidents… were they clerics AND spin-doctors?

However you care to interpret this event it stands, irrevocably, as the first fully “reported” incident, with multiple witnesses, of Vampire activity and therefore it must hold some credence. It would not be such a stretch, I think, in light of the records of Grando’s life and times, to cite this as the first credible tale of the existence of the creature we know as the classical Vampyre.

Perhaps, knowing the location of Grando’s burial, some further investigation could be made but I would think that any physical evidence would have long ago returned to the dust of mother earth.

The next case of credible reporting of so called “Vampiric activity” would not come along until 1727.

In conclusion:

A lot of folks will make a lot of claims about who was the first Vampire but here we are looking at historical, recorded facts and that’s the key. We can all dream up all the “what if’s” we like but making the colanders hold water is the big problem.

Doubtless a lot of people would prefer the mystery of a 15th century Transylvanian nobleman or the dark seductiveness of an errant Hungarian noblewoman over the image of an Istrian peasant but then again, who ever said Vampires were meant to be glamorous?

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Refs:

The Ultimate Vampire Timeline Rev: 14

mythologian.net

http://mentalfloss.com/article/29089/historic-vampires

Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

https://en.wikipedia.org/

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