Chapter One: The Origins behind the Myth: The Evolution of a Legacy

“The word ‘vampire’, in its written form first appeared in the eleventh century as a scribbled note in a manuscript in the book of Psalms, This was translated by a humble priest for a Novgorodian prince, Vladimir Yaroslavovich, In this note the priest addresses the prince as ‘upir lichyj’ (a ‘wicked vampire’). Given the lowly position of the priest to the prince it is highly unlikely to be a criticism. The derivation of the word ‘vampire’ is uncertain but theorists believe it comes from various Indo- European words for the verb to fly.” (Montague, C (2010:p18)) The vampire myth it has been argued could have developed with the misunderstanding of death and the decomposition of the bodies in t

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