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20 September 2010

400 years of vampires

Today they’re portrayed as stylish, mysterious, a little dangerous and dead sexy, but vampires weren’t always on the celebrity A-list.

Today they’re portrayed as stylish, mysterious, a little dangerous and dead sexy, but vampires weren’t always on the celebrity A-list.

Eastern European legends held that vampires were bloated and dark, even purplish in colour and had blood seeping from the nose and mouth when viewed in their coffins. It was also reported that their left eyes remained open, and that their hair, teeth and nails kept on growing in the grave. Today it’s not hard to recognise many of these as standard signs of decomposition, but in the 18th century they were regarded as genuine proof of vampire activity.

 
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