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Vampires have been seen and documented throughout history The history ofvampires goes further back in time than most people realize The chaldeanswho livednear the Euphrates river in the southwestern part of Asia more than fivehundred yearsbefore the time of Christ feared vampire or creatures similar to vampiresenough so thatthey created charms to protect themselves from being attacked by such creaturesTheAssyrians and the Babylonians feared a creature similar to a vampire knownas anEkimmu These creatures known as Ekimmus were believed by the Assyrians toroam theplanet searching for food although it was not always a persons blood butrather a personsvitality or that persons energy force It was believed that if such a creaturewould entersomeones house that person along with his or her family would slowly weakenget sickand probably die In the countries of Syria and Palestine references weremade to suchblood sucking monsters on ancient carved tablets In Ireland the people believedin thesecreatures which they affectionately came to call red blood suckers Dueto their beliefin these mythical creatures they began the practice of placing stones onthese vampiresgraves to kep them from escapingThis then became standard practice and isstill used tothis day in the form of a tombstone Tombstones were used to control ghostsand otherspirits instead of their original use in controlling vampires Due to the fact that vampires seemed to be so commonplacearound the globethere was a large variety of vampires that differed in shape behavior andmethod of becoming a vampire All of these factors varied from region to region Inthe country ofBulgaria a vampire had only one nostril This Bulgarian vampire would riseout of itsgrave nine days after death in the form of a shower of sparks and remainedin this shapefor a period of forty days After the completion of these forty days theshower of sparkswould regain its human form Once human-like the vampire goes from playingchildishtricks which it did in its spark form to more serious matters suchas the attacking ofhumans
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