The History of Vampire Mythology
Vampires are becoming extremely popular these days. They have found a place in the pop-culture of movies and TV shows like True Blood, The Vampire Diaries and Twilight. The future of the vampire motif in contemporary literature and art completely depends on its ability to sustain its supernatural origins. All vampire stories must follow the same rules when it comes to describing these supernatural creatures.
Vampires are Rooted in Slavic Myth
Vampires Appear at "Border" Areas
Vampires tend to appears at borders, such as doorsteps, watermills, gates, water springs, wells, crossroads, as it is believed that those places separate this world from the “other” world. Vampires can appear at sunset, or at midnight, at the times of fasting, during "impure" days and it is believed that in those hours the souls of the deceased are particularly active”. Even living a certain quality of life can turn you into a vampire after death: sinners, offenders, misers, suicides all have historically become vampires. As are those who were not christened or have not received a proper burial ceremony.
Protection Against Vampires
Protection against vampires includes magic rites, strong words, sacred objects, or giving sacrifices. Vampire can be killed by a hawthorn stake driven through his heart or belly and later his head needs to be cut off and body burnt while simultaneously being sprinkled with holy water. Obviously, vampires are hard to kill.