Happy Halloween everyone, now we all know that Halloween is another name for All Hallows Eve, however, one thing that is common among beliefs is the magical and mystical qualities of the night. I would like to cover a few of these Mystical Myths, and then provide my opinion on the reality of each myth. Lets start of with the creatures of the night.
- a corpse supposed, in European folklore, to leave its grave at night to drink the blood of the living by biting their necks with long pointed canine teeth.
- a small bat that feeds on the blood of mammals or birds using its two sharp incisor teeth and anticoagulant saliva, found mainly in tropical America.
- (in myth or fiction) a person who changes for periods of time into a wolf, typically when there is a full moon.
- a woman thought to have evil magic powers. Witches are popularly depicted as wearing a black cloak and pointed hat, and flying on a broomstick.
- an apparition of a dead person that is believed to appear or become manifest to the living, typically as a nebulous image.
Vampires: This is a common mystical figure in folklore but would it surprise you if I told you that the origins of this tale, came from a disease? Porphyria is a rare hereditary disease in which the blood pigment hemoglobin is abnormally metabolized. Porphyrins are excreted in the urine, which becomes dark; other symptoms include mental disturbances and extreme sensitivity of the skin to light. Could this be why Vampires cant be in the sunlight?
What about the other parts of the Vampire Tale, well I discovered that people who suffer from porphyria have the following symptoms: Gums recede, giving the appearance of fangs, skin bubbles and boils when exposed to sunlight, and the only known cure was injections of blood. The 5 most terrifying diseases that doctors cant explain by Elorm Kojo Ntumy, Welldone Quibranza on cracked.com
But as far as the Blood sucking night dwelling creatures go, I personally do not have a belief that Vampires exist. This conclusion of course comes from my reasearch above, but also because I never actually seen any piles of ash where the sun fried a vampire.
Werewolves: I find werewolves an interesting story. According to the definition, a Werewolf is a person that changes into a wolf, although that seems like it would be a pretty cool thing, I find it irritating. Could you imagine being forced to change into a wolf, and than forced to change back. The definition only states it is a for periods of time, which doesn’t always have to be at night, or during a full moon, but the definition does state that it would typically be the full moon.
Now if this change was not forced upon said person, than I would love the idea to become an animal for a short time, and then on my own be able to change back into man. Just to be clear a Wolf is a wild carnivorous mammal of the dog family, living and hunting in packs. It is native to both Eurasia and North America, but has been widely exterminated. Knowing dogs have such a great sense of smell, it would be nice to be able to transform into a wolf to track down those bad guys, or even use the carnivorous instinct to just snatch a nice chuck of them.
Personally, I will continue to believe in this creature, as a simple follow up to my fellow author, on Masculinity, Men have a tendency to prove them selves to other men. Wolves fight for control in their pack, and I know late at night, I am not the only hearing howls. Not to mention the few wolf sightings in the city.
Witches: going from the mystical, to the magical, Witches are women depicted as wearing a black cloak and pointed hat, and flying on a broomstick. The male version of a witch is a Warlock, following the same concept as a witch, they practice witchcraft and magic. Although unlike the definition, I tend to want to believe in both Good and Bad witches/warlocks. I know it isn’t the Halloween spirit unless they can be evil and scare you to death with that damned black cat; However, entertain the idea that witches are real, who keeps them subdued, if they are supposed to be all magical. Following Elliot Hulsa and my Negativity post, there needs to be a balance.
I continue to believe that such magical creatures do exist, and the reason we don’t see them is because they do not practice in public. You are probably thinking I am crazy by now, but think back to the Salem Witch Trials, and tell me you would practice witchcraft where everyone will want to burn you at the stake. I would like to think, however, that there are more people like me and eventually with enough open minded people, we will surely see Witches surface once again, but instead be welcomed with open arms.
Ghosts: What a way to end a Halloween themed post, if not to discuss the potential existence of Ghosts. Ghosts have always been apart of Halloween, because originally it was considered the night when we are supposed to remember the departed. I am not going to argue semantics about whether people really see ghosts, but I know the feeling of being watched, and I have heard external voices that even now remain unknown. My mother claims to have seen ghosts, and personally I will continue to believe in the departed visiting us, and even making themselves visible.
In the End: This Halloween edition of Myths concludes with the fact that I don’t agree that Vampires exist, however, werewolves, witches, and ghosts all exist. I would like to hear your thoughts, and perhaps I will have another Mystical Myth edition filled with more myths that I either believe in, or I don’t.