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Posted:10/18/2014 11:28:43 AM
The vampire is a mystical being who survives by feeding upon human blood. This creature is an ancient legend told within many parts of the world as folklore. There has even been historical cases documented where deaths and events occurring within rural town throughout Europe were believed to be the works of a vampire. Today, those accounts are considered as the results of disease, serial killers, superstitions or just hysteria. In concluding my series on vampire lore, we will be looking into the chronicled story of Jure Grando.

Jure Grando was the first real person to be historical written as a vampire. The account was recorded in an encyclopedia set named The Glory of the Duchy of Carniola, published in 1689, written by the scientist Johann Weilhard von Valvasor. In the story, Jure Grando was a peasant who lived within a small village from Istria, which is modern day Croatia. The legend says Jure had died in 1656, but returned back as a vampire.

In continuing with his story, after his death, Jure would rise from his grave and terrorize the village for 16 years. He was witnessed roaming the streets at night knocking on doors throughout the town. Whoever's door Jure knocked upon, within several days someone died within the household. Even his widow would not be spared, as she reported her dead husband appearing in the bedroom to sexually assault her.

One night, the local priest, Father Giorgio was mentioned to confront Jure and drove him away by holding out a cross. In the legend, villagers had cornered the vampire, attempted to pierce his heart with a hawthorn stick, but failed as it bounced off his chest and the creature managed to escape. Father Giordio eventually led a group of villages to graveyard to end the vampire's reign of terror. Jure's coffin was dug up and when they opened it, the corpse was found to be perfectly preserved smiling. Another attempt to drive a hawthorn stick through the heart failed, however a villager used a saw to decapitate the vampire. The account of Jure Grando ends with peace returning to the village.

Jure Grando maybe the first historical account written involving a vampire, although many question and doubt the truth to these events. Suggestions were made Jure had faked his own death, the widow created the story to cover a love affair, a ring of thieves made use of the vampire legend or a tale created for Johann Weikhard von Valvasor to record. There are others within history once believed to be vampires, yet those are articles for another time, until then hope you enjoyed this series.

Other Sources of Information

Wright, Dudley (in English). The Book of Vampires (Second Edition ed.). Mineola, New York: Dover Publications. 2006

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Posted:10/15/2014 8:09:06 AM
Let me knew If you want more articles on legends and Lore.

Posted:10/15/2014 8:07:48 AM
As an old friend of my said. "Be more concern with the home you have now then worrying about the the one you have yet to move into." Matters here at home should be resolved or it just continue from planet to planet.

Posted:10/12/2014 4:02:23 PM
The legend of the vampire is an ancient one stretching back thousands of years. During the middle ages in Europe, the Church or State would employed would be hunters believing the creature was all to real. Even today, certain parts of the world perform rituals upon the dead out of fear they would return as a vampire. In my continuing series on vampire lore, I would like to introduce the Penanggalan.

This unique legend originates from Southeast Asia and is unlike other vampire you'll come across. The Penanggalan is described as a beautiful woman who became curse, used black magic or made a pact with a demon. In the day, she appears as an ordinary woman in town working as a mid wife, seamstress or merchant. At night, the Penanggalan reveals her true form in a gruesome scene. The head detaches from the body and begins to levitate with the spinal cord and internal organs trailing from the neck. She then takes flight in search of blood. Once a victim is found, the Penanggalan could manipulate her organs and hair like tentacles to grasp and entangle her prey. When dawn approaches, the creature would return to her home, dunk the internal organs into a container filled with vinegar she kept and reattach back to the body

In the legend, the Penanggalan could prey on any of townspeople while they slept, but it had more of a taste for newborn infants. As a trusted mid wife, she would know where the children were residing. When transformed at night, she would fly to the house and await on the rooftop until all were asleep. The Penanggalan would use her organs to open a door or window, enter the home, seek out the child and with a mouthful of fangs, devour the baby or drink the blood. If everything was locked, she would elongate her tongue through an opening to the newborn. In other versions of the legend, the Penanggalan could simply ooze into any home she wishes.

As in most vampire stories, there are ways to protect against and even destroy the creature. In local folklore, the thorny plant, Mengkuange, was planted around the house or hung around doors and windows. The belief is the plant would either trap or damage the trailing organs of the vampire as she flies around searching for blood. If trapped, the Penanggalan could be down away with a bladed weapon. Other methods said to kill the vampire are to stop the head from reattaching before sunlight, burn the body or cut the spinal cord from the neck.

Other versions of the Penanggalan exist within other Asian countries. The Nukekubi of Japan, the Balan-balan in Sabah or the Mananauggai in Philippines are among some of the lore of a flying head monster. One could only image of how or what gave the origins to this vampire.

Other Sources of Information

"Penanggalan". Scary for Kids. October 5, 2014. http://www.scaryforkids.com


Forum: The Adze

Posted:10/5/2014 12:09:27 AM
In the past, as part of learning about the paranormal, I have done research into the several of legends and myths within the world. This included folklore about vampires, werewolves, magic, faeries, ghosts and mythical creatures. I found some of these legends to be more frightening than any movie, novel or other works of fiction. The one lore I found most fascinating about was the vampire. In every culture and every society, there are tales about a creature, entity or a demon who feeds on human blood to survive. I will be writing several articles to share a few of these vampire legends I came across with everyone. We begin with the Adze from Africa.

In the southern Togo, the Ewe people tell a legend about a fearsome vampire called the Adze. The creature in some stories is said to be a spirit, while others calm it is of flesh, but all described its natural form to be a hunched back humanoid with sharp talon and jet black skin. Encountering the Adze in this state means certain death as this vampire will kill its victims, drain the blood and then devour the heart and liver.

The Adze is believed to possess magical abilities including the ability to shape shift into insects, more specificity the firefly. As an insect, this Africa vampire could easily gain access into homes, evade detection and instantly escape if discovered. In the legend, the Adze feeds by taking on the form of a firefly, enters the house, lays on the person's face and drains the blood through the lips. Despite its size, it can kill a person, especially if the victim is a child that the Adze prefers.

The vampire is also said to dominate people by either possession or mentally control. The Adze only desires those who can cast magic to being its host or subordinates. In the region, anyone regraded as a sorcerer or a witch is assumed to be in league with or the creature itself.

In like most vampire legends, fighting the creature is not easy and is usually fatal. According to the folklore, while in insect form, the Adze is indestructible, but there are a couple of ways it can be defeated. The first one is to capture the vampire as an insect and starve it. The other way is to trick or force the Adze to revert to its humanoid form which can be killed only to face a creature with inhuman strength and sharp talons.

The Adze is just one of the many legends within the world about vampires. Like ghosts, magic and other mythical creatures, its recognized globally which makes one wonder if such a creature ever existed? Hope you enjoy this article as more are to soon follow.

Other Sources of Information
"Adze". Paranormal Fact Wiki. October 1, 2014. http://paranormalfact.wikia.com/wiki/Adze

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Posted:9/29/2014 7:44:57 PM
You don't want to hear about the urban legend of mother laws then.

Posted:9/29/2014 7:43:26 PM
On that note I think I will look into writing some more articles of legends from other countries.

Posted:9/28/2014 1:05:03 AM
Hope you enjoy

Posted:9/28/2014 1:04:31 AM
How can they when they don't fully understand how memory works.

Posted:9/28/2014 1:01:12 AM
About ten years ago, I went to the local theatre on Halloween to watch the premiere of "The Grudge". Now I know not too many critics enjoyed this movie, but I found the horror film to be entertaining. Did you know that the show is actually based off Japanese folklore of the onryo or vengeful spirit? According to legends, when one dies enrage or in sorrow their ghost returns and is capable of interacting with the world of living. The onryo can infect harm, cause curses and even kill people as it seeks to exact revenge. In Japan, there are tons of stories about vengeful spirits including the Teke-Teke.

There are many versions of this ghostly tale, but for this article the most common one will be told. The story begins with a young Japanese girl walking home late at night, alone. While cutting through a train yard, she is assaulted by a gang of thugs who have their way and leave her for dead. Still clinging onto life, she drags herself across the ground looking for help. Unfortunately, the young woman while crossing over a rail track was not able to move in time as the approaching train cuts her into two.

The legend says her ghost then returns seeking vengeance as a teke-teke. This spirit is described as the upper torso of a woman, without the bottom half, dragging or even walking on her hands or elbows. The name of the ghost comes from the sound of her clawing along the ground, "teke-teke-teke". The spirit is said to be carrying a scythe on her while roaming the city streets or buildings. Variations of the story tell how the teke-teke searches for her legs, seeks revenge on her attackers or is just cursed to wonder the earth, but all agreement an encounter with this ghost is deadly.

If you ever get confronted by this spirit, she pulls out the scythe and with inhuman speed slices you into two. There are stories if you are killed by teke-teke, you are forever cursed to becoming one. The only way to surviving such an encounter is to be quicker than her or hope, in some versions of the story, she asks "Where are my legs?" If the teke-teke does question you this, reply with her legs are at "Meishin Railway" and remember to answer "Kashima Reiko" if asked who told you.

There are many other ghostly tales within Japan which I found to be very dark and twisted. In the near future I plan on posting more Japanese legends and lore, until then I hope you enjoyed reading this series.

Other Sources of Information

"Teke-Teke: Creepy Japanese Myths". Wattpad. September 23, 2014. http://www.wattpad.com