Vampires - Myth or Not?
Let's look at the Catholic and Christian churches.
It is said that vampires were derived from the "dark ages." This was during a period when religions weren't seeing eye to eye. It was so much confusion, and inaccurate accountability (history of events) during that era. The Catholic church was against the Christian church and vice versa. So, naturally, when people can not explain misfortunes surrounding them, they look for other explanations - no matter how far-fetched they may seem. For example, China's culture as it relates to vampires, is that vampires were living corpses that could not speak, could only hop, and had overly long, disgusting, tongues. India on the other hand, believed that if people were not cremated properly, they would return as deformed demonic spirits that could shift into all shapes and sizes; for instance, a spirit was capable of taking on bite-size forms - no bigger than a thumb, and digestible! Unfortunately, digesting micro spirits also meant havoc for your intestines; in some cases - death. There are many mythologies about vampires, with no right or wrong answers. The one agreeable factor is that, it's all relative to individual's beliefs.