Are There Real-Life Vampires? The Vampire Lifestyle & Its Followers by Sally Painter

Portrait of a Vampire

Real vampires are nothing like legendary or literary vampires. Today’s real vampires defy all the rules and conventions of literature and myth. Before you get out your wooden stake, separate fact from fiction in regard to the vampires who may be living next door.

Real Vampire Communities

Real vampires exist as a sub-culture and a large networked community. For these individuals, vampirism isn’t a lifestyle choice. Real vampires believe they are born vampires and must feed off the energy of other humans in order to live. This energy is consumed through the ingesting of human blood or by feeding off the psychic energy of others.

Many members of the vampire community share lifestyle preferences with the Gothic community. In some tight-knit communities, there are certain blood-letting fetishes while other communities share a sadomasochism culture. In addition to these types of lifestyle choices within the vampire communities, there are many vampires…

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Holy Sisters of Life and Death – Santa Muerte and Kali

Most Holy Death

I’d like to explore the syncretism between Kali and Santa Muerte. One from India, the other from Mexico. Let’s start with Kali – according to the precepts of the current Sanathana Dharma Kali is a form of Durga, the most “angry” one, to say it plainly. But she is also the best known Hindu deity in the world. The reason why is not the best. When the first Christian missionaries arrived in India, the statues of Kali, with the fierce, angry appearance, struck them deeply. Busy with preaching the doctrine of salvation of pagan souls, they did not dwell on the meanings of Hindu divinity, considering her to be a demon to whom human sacrifices were made.

Anyone who has read Christian treatises on demonology knows in fact that Kali is considered a devil in them, together with other Hindu, Assyrian-Babylonian and even Greek-Roman deities (such as Diana). This happened…

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Was There an Irish God Named Samhain?

Irish Myths

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Many of us take it for granted that Halloween, which originated with the Celtic holiday of Samhain, has been secularized to the point that people of various religious (and non-religious) backgrounds get together to celebrate it each and every year.

But as I (and many others) recently witnessed in Nathan Fielder’s series “The Rehearsal”, there is still a lot of misinformation out there about the origins of Halloween—and the origins of Samhain in particular. 

Apparently, there are certain religious organizations whose members believe that Samhain originated as a Satanic holiday. Tangental to this belief is the idea that Samhain was named after a pagan god, Sam Hain, an Irish god of death. 

Of course, these beliefs conflict with the historical and archaeological evidence.

First and foremost, we know who the

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