“Goodnight sweet prince, may flights of devils wing you to your rest.”
― Anne Rice
“O Dionysus, we feel you near,
stirring like molten lava
under the ravaged earth,
flowing from the wounds of your trees
in tears of sap,
screaming with the rage
of your hunted beasts.”
― Euripides, The Bacchae
Of late these alien theorists harp on the exsanguination of cattle and human mutilations over the decades, and the fact that salt is poison to them of which our world is permeated by in both organic and anorganic existence down to the molecular level. Maybe these beings are after all the Vampires we have for so long mythologized under our own need for immortalization by death. In ancient times, sacrifices were made to the gods, and the blood was reserved for them as well as certain polluted organs. These bloodthirsty gods needed blood to continue their morbid monstrosity of death-in-Life. The literalization of such practices would culminate in the Mayan sacrifice of tens of thousands of conquered in a ritual bleeding and extraction of the heart in a blood festival of murderous ecstasy to the Underworld (Xibalba) gods. The Roman cult of Mithra’s adepts – mainly soldiers, would sacrifice Bulls and drink their blood in imitation of their god’s ecstatic rites which some say can be traced back to the Asiatic cults of Dionysus-Shiva. I’ve read books on Vampires and Vampirism that delve into this strange world of human blood rites and its associated myths and histories. It is strange and weird how humans have literalized the basic systems of immortalization to the point of absolute absurdity. But so it goes with humans… I’m glad I’m not human anymore. Being a monster and monstrous has its advantages. Even in Greek Tragedy we have the women of Thrace who attacked and cannibalized Pentheus in their orgiastic rites of blood and music and dance of time and death.
As one scholar put it: ”
As commonly understood, the characteristics shared by all of these vampire entities is their need for blood, which they take from living human beings and animals. A multitude of creatures from the world’s mythology have been labeled vampires in the popular literature simply because periodic bloodsucking was among their many attributes. When the entire spectrum of vampires is considered, however, that seemingly common definition falls by the wayside, or, at the very least, must be considered only supplemental to the overall nature of some vampires. Some vampires do not take blood; rather they steal what is considered the life force from their victims. A person attacked by a traditional vampire suffers the loss of blood, which causes a variety of symptoms: fatigue, loss of color in the face, listlessness, depleted motivation, and weakness. In this aspect, it is similar to unchecked tuberculosis, a wasting disease.1
The Vampire is the fate of those who would seek to live forever in a universe of death. The bleakness and enervation of an eternity without life, or a being who exists on the blood and life of others for its immortality. This is death in life without end, a bitter eternity, indeed.
- Melton, J. Gordon. The Vampire Book: The Encyclopedia of the Undead.© 2011 byVisible Ink Press®