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Vampires (archaic spelling: vampyres) are mythological or folkloric creatures, typically held to be the re-animated corpses of human beings and said to subsist on human and/or animal blood (hematophagy).
Vampires, like other Slavic legendary monsters, were afraid of garlic and liked counting grain, sawdust, etc. Vampires could be destroyed by staking, decapitation (the Kashubs placed the head between the feet), burning, repeating the funeral service, sprinkling holy water on the body, or exorcism.
A vampire in the grave could be discerned by holes in the earth, an undecomposed corpse with a red face, or having one foot in the corner of the coffin.
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 Vampires 2 - Crystalinks   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-10)
While some cultures preserve their original traditions, the modern notion of a vampire tends to be influenced, even for those who believe in it, by the well known fictional image of the vampire as it occurs in films and literature, rather than by folkloric prototypes.
When the coffin of an alleged vampire was opened, people sometimes found the cadaver in a relatively undecomposed state, which could have been interpreted as the corpse being the equivalent of a well-fed vampire.
Its portrayal of vampirism as a disease (contagious demonic possession), with its undertones of sex, blood, and death, struck a chord in a Victorian Europe where tuberculosis and syphilis were common.
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 Vampire - The Black Vault Encyclopedia Project   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-10)
Vampires are mythical or folkloric creatures, typically held to be the re-animated corpses of human beings and said to subsist on human and/or animal blood (hematophagy), often having unnatural powers, heightened bodily functions, and/or the ability to physically transform.
Vampires are often described as having a variety of additional powers and character traits, extremely variable in different traditions, and are a frequent subject of folklore, cinema, and contemporary fiction.
Vampires are said to mainly bite the victim's neck, extracting the blood from the carotid artery.
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 Vampire - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Vampirism is the practice of drinking blood from a person/animal.
One form of vampire in Romani folklore is called a mullo (one who is dead).
Some traditions hold that a vampire cannot enter a house unless he or she is invited in.
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 Underworld Tales Magazine Real vampire Story Mercy Brown
The Brown family lived in a farming community near Exeter, Rhode Island during the last decades of the nineteenth century.
Brown sent the man to Colorado hoping the change in climate might rescue his heir.
Brown was aghast, but peer pressure coupled with desperation caused him to call the attending community physician, Dr. Metcalf.
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 Mercy Brown vampire incident - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The Mercy Brown vampire incident, which occurred in 1892, is one of the best documented cases of the exhumation of a corpse in order to perform rituals to banish an undead manifestation.
In Exeter, Rhode Island, the Brown family suffered a sequence of tuberculosis infections in the final two decades of the 19th century.
Mercy's heart was removed from her body, burnt, and the remnants mixed with water and given to the sick Edwin to drink.
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 Carter's Crypt: Vampires, Horror, Fantasy, and Romance
Mercy died, apparently of tuberculosis, in January 1892, and her tombstone can still be seen among those of generations of Browns in Exeter’s Chestnut Hill Cemetery.
Mercy’s brother Edwin was a strapping young man of 18, known as a person not usually subject to illness of any kind.
Because it seemed that the Browns were the only family being preyed upon, they came to the conclusion that the vampire spirit must be inhabiting the corpse of one of [t]he deceased members.
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 Vampires: Food for the Dead
The belief supporting these practices seemed to be that there was some sort of evil, perhaps a demon, residing in one of the bodies that was draining the life from others in the family.
I'm no longer apologetic about this because the fictional vampire is really such a thin, watery figure when compared to the rich and varied vampires of folklore and history.
In my view, the New England vampire tradition was basically a folk medical practice -- a desperate, final hope to save the lives of people who were loved, but whom medical science had deemed were doomed to die.
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 Conspiracy Journal #338   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-10)
Mercy Brown, who Bell said was probably the last person exhumed as a vampire in the country, died on Jan. 17, 1892 at age 19.
Mercy, her mother and sister were exhumed on March 17, 1892 in a desperate attempt to save the life of Edwin, the Brown's only son, afflicted with consumption.
It was Brown's guess that Mercy was still in the family crypt waiting to buried in the ground until after the thaw at the time of the exhumation.
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 Burial - Encyclopedia, History, Geography and Biography
Folk belief often held such individuals could rise as some form of undead (such as a vampire) and burying them at cross-roads would inhibit their ability to find and wreak havoc on their living relations and former associates.
In folklore and mythology, exhumation has also been frequently associated with the performance of rites to banish undead manifestations.
An example is the Mercy Brown Vampire Incident of Rhode Island, which occurred in 1892.
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 Calvin's Geneva and Religious Persecution
Thus a woman, Copa of Ferrara, was sentenced in 1559 to ask mercy of God and of justice, and to be banished, with the order that she should depart within 24-hours, under pain of losing her head.
If they refused to confess their crimes, he said, “The finger of Satan is here;” and he had the criminal shorn, and again subjected to the torture, persuaded that the devil was concealed in the hair of the sufferer.
The whole study of the man, who calls himself minister of a God of mercy, is to invent new crimes, in order undoubtedly, to resemble the Being, whom he presents to us in his book of predestination, impelling his creatures to evil, and afterwards smiting them, in order to display his justice.
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 Shadowlands Haunted Places Index - Rhode Island
A young girl, Mercy Brown, died on Jan. 18, 1892.
This violation of her grave has caused Mercy to appear in the graveyard at night.
As you leave, supposedly when you go over the second bridge the vampire appears to be in front of your car.
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 Victorian Women Writers Project
I beg your pardon"--this last remark was addressed to a compact crowd of ladies and gentlemen on the threshold of the largest reception-room, into which the lady of the house summarily elbowed her way.
But Anne Brown's nature was too completely homogeneous--too completely without the innumerable strata, and abysses, and peaks, and winding ways of modern women's characters--for her to experience any of the mixed feelings of pride, and disgust, and humiliation, and general uncomfortablehess which would have been the lot of a more complex nature.
        Anne Brown, practical by nature and æsthetically sceptical by training, had no very great belief in the famous club; she had been told so often that mankind is too stupid and degraded to be helped, that she had almost got to believe it.
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 The Brown BookLoft: Adult-General Fiction
The Mercy of Thin Air is a novel of love, forgiveness and redemption from an author who writes with a unique voice.
Although versions of vampire stories date back to ancient Egypt, the source of most modern vampire lore comes from the legends surrounding Vlad the Impaler.
The vampires in the book have very human qualities and even Dracula is portrayed as a character of many facets.
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 Labyrinth 13: True Tales of the Occult, Crime & Conspiracy
Vampires, werewolves, fl dogs, and sinister criminals abound here, as do more benevolent characters like the Poe Toaster — who annually visits Edgar Allan Poe's grave to leave tokens of respect.
Brown had died of consumption in 1892, but was put in a crypt aboveground — the cold weather having prevented her from being buried in a timely manner.
When Mercy was exhumed after nine weeks, her body seemed fresh and there were signs she had moved.
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 Carmilla, by Le Fanu
She alluded to little incidents which I had long ceased to think of, but which, I found, had only lain in abeyance in my memory, for they instantly started into life at her touch.
When the vampire returned from his prowlings and missed his clothes, he cried furiously to the Moravian, whom he saw at the summit of the tower, and who, in reply, beckoned him to ascend and take them.
His face was brown and dried in with deep furrows; he wore an oddly shaped hat with a broad leaf.
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 Forging a Fledgling: The Capture, Book 1
By the time I was through, she would crawl across glass shards to get to me, and it wouldn't be because of my looks.
Nonetheless, one of the reasons I had chosen her was because she seemed drawn to men who looked more-or-less like me. Tall with dark brown hair, that long straight Roman nose inherited from our Italian forebears.
I traced a finger gently along her bruised jawline, the contact soft so it would cause no more pain, but also slow so that she would come to realize how much she was at my mercy.
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 Frightening Folks: Vampires in Legend quiz -- free game
In the eighteenth century, reports of vampires were rampant throughout Europe.
In 1892, suspected vampire Mercy Brown was exhumed.
Her heart was burned and the ashes fed to her presumed victim.
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 THE FORBIDDEN ZONE Art, Music, Horror, Fantasy, Horror, Vampires, Gothic, Vampyres, Fiction
Brown, who was unfortunate enough to fall victim to vampire hysteria after her death.
Here is a first hand account of an incident witnessed by Dr Raymond T McNally, an American scholar and expert on Central European folklore,
The villagers were afraid that she would become a vampire after death.
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 islamicate   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-10)
The article is about Mahmoud Muhammad Taha, a, Sudanese scholar who put forward a vision of Islam in its original, uncorrupted form, in which women and people of other faiths were accorded equal status and which the Quranic concepts of compassion, mercy, justice, and beauty, supersede some of the less tolerant passages of the Sunna.
Recently there have been a couple of incidents reflecting the hazards of being and Islamic traveller.
To add some nuance to the incident in which several passengers were removed from a Northwest flight preparing to depart from Amsterdam to Mumbai, a majority of the passengers, not just the 12 men taken away in handcuffs, were South Asian.
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 The Coven Organization » The House of the Vampire   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-10)
Divers incidents recurred to him from which it appears that, at various times in the past, you have been on the verge of a nervous collapse.”
Caressingly the ivory of her fingers passed through the gold of his hair and over his brow, as if to banish the demon-eyes that stared at him across the hideous spaces of the past.
They are beings, not always wholly evil, whom every night some mysterious impulse leads to steal into unguarded bedchambers, to suck the blood of the sleepers and then, having waxed strong on the life of their victims, cautiously to retreat.
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 The House of the Vampire - Wikisource
He was as one lost in a labyrinth in which he saw no light, convinced against his will, or rather, against his scientific conviction, that she was not wholly mistaken.
He could not help smiling at the arrangement which reminded him of his childhood, when he had sought by similar means security from burglars and bogeys.
Still, he had abundant evidence of Reginald's strange influence, and was determined to know the truth before nightfall.
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