There has been a modern revival of vampirism in recent years. Although AIDS has put a dampener on sucking your girlfriend's blood, no one can deny there is a growing subculture which embracing everything vampish, and its popularity has spilled over into mainstream pop-culture.
What is modern-day vampirism? Simply, the celebration and romanticising of everything macabre and sensual.
What did vampirism originate? To cut a long story short, the early Slavs and Britons had a strong belief in vampires (living corpses empowered by evil, craving blood as sustenance) up until the early 1800s. Some occultists today believe supernatural vampirism to be a fact (another post perhaps?).
If I was to ask who is the most popular vampire in history - an overwhelming majority would say Dracula. Have you ever wondered how the superstar of horror was inspired?
The Butterfly Effect, coined by mathematician and meteorologist Edward Lorenz is the belief that minute insignificant details in a system can eventually result in large differences within that system. For example, the flutter of a butterfly’s wings in Brazil might create tiny changes in the atmosphere that may ultimately alter the path of a tornado in Kansas.
Sounds incredibly far-fetched I know, but there is scientific evidence that lends credence to the ‘the Butterfly Effect’.
I came across an extremely interesting legend while researching the city of Ephesus recently... The Legend of the Seven Sleepers.
Around 250AD, when Christians were being fiercely persecuted, seven young men refusing to recant their faith, gave their worldly goods to the poor and retreated to a mountain cave to pray (and await capture, followed by execution I presume), where they eventually fell asleep. The emperor, seeing that their attitude towards Christ had not diminished, ordered the mouth of the cave to be sealed, and effectively sealed their fate.
Two centuries passed and the landowner decided to re-open the cave, thinking to use it as a cattle pen. He did so, and to his astonishment, found seven men sleeping inside. They awoke and believed they had only slept one day. They wandered into the city of Ephesus, and were utterly bewildered at the many churches and the freedom of worship for Christians. The Sleepers later died naturally (and this time permanently) and were buried in the cave in which they had slept.