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The vampire as representative of the outsider... [Mar. 8th, 2004|11:22 am]
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Thought-provoking VampGirl.com Forum post. Discuss.

Midnight Falcon : As we all know, vampires are repelled by the Christian Cross in most versions of the mythology, why is this? Is it just the sight of the symbol, or is it the inherent faith in the person weilding it against them, and if so, could symbols of other religions be able to hold back the undead? Personally I think that it's the faith of the weilder that does it, so as long as a person has enough faith in the object (whether it be a Star of David, a Pentacle or even the badge off an old VW hippy bus), the creature of the night won't be able to approach.
Opinions please people.

VampGirl : In European tradition it is the xtian cross and other objects of faith...across the world, most other religions have their methods of dealing with their versions of vampires...

In vampire books, this holds the same...though sometimes it is faith, sometimes its just self-belief or the object itself.

It varies.

I think, personally, that it is more to do with the strength of character of the individual fighting the 'vampire' and the means of attack: generally in a group against one 'intruder' or 'alien/outsider/non-conformist' that rids us of the 'menace/threat to comfortable situation'.

Of course, this could be applied to many situations, not just fictional vampires, and is, perhaps, a metaphor for the alien and unknown in the heart of our known environment. Sort of like bodycells ganging up on a bug...or cases of victimisation such as white locals ganging up on a refugee etc etc etc...


Banjaxed from divine_debris:

I got these:


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[User Picture]From: missvontrapp
2004-03-08 03:33 am (UTC)
I remember that episode!! Perhaps the Doctor is better known as a positive force across the galaxy than this little planet's religion;)
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From: shepardshadows
2004-03-08 06:36 am (UTC)
Galactic infiltration and rational learning.

I could use some of that rational learning. My mind is far too untrained.

Do you have the whole Abhartach vampire legend info on your website.
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[User Picture]From: missvontrapp
2004-03-08 06:51 am (UTC)
No I haven't!

I was doing a whole vamp myth across the world page, but ran out of steam really...got a bit bored...
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From: shepardshadows
2004-03-08 07:10 am (UTC)

Bit of a crazy irish warlord. Some say he was the real motivation behind the writing of dracula.
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From: shepardshadows
2004-03-08 07:14 am (UTC)
I was the one who inspired ransim to write that... After reading some info on him, I requested it on an old vamp site. One I must say I do not frequent anymore. I still associate with miss(and soon to be mrs) ransim, though :P
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[User Picture]From: mehdi_caps
2004-03-08 07:40 am (UTC)
Mechanical Electronic Humanoid Designed for Intensive Calculation and Accurate Potential Sabotage, LOL.
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[User Picture]From: elves_uk
2004-03-08 08:40 am (UTC)
I liked my android :)
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