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  •  Nazis (and more) (3+ / 0-)
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    Yosef 52, ontheleftcoast, Gatordiet

    portrayed Jews as vampires in political cartoons.

    Blood sucking, monstrous, sexually deviant, afraid of the crucifix......

    Today, many of the white supremecist types portray Jews that way, too.

    Dante on wrath - "... love of justice perverted to revenge and spite..."

    by arielle on Tue Sep 29, 2009 at 06:08:43 PM PDT

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    •  The roots of European vampire tradition (1+ / 0-)
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      simply believed that they were unclean spirits. IIRC any body improperly buried could become a vampire according to the Slavic tradition. Once it had become one they were notoriously difficult to dispose of and later Christian mythology was lumped into the legend (crucifix, holy water) but the old mythology was still there (stake thru the heart and weakness to silver, garlic, and daylight). But if you're looking for an image of a demonic form they are a handy one I suppose.

      I'm a Puntheist. If your religion doesn't make you laugh out loud at least once a week you may have picked the wrong one.

      by ontheleftcoast on Tue Sep 29, 2009 at 06:36:49 PM PDT

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      •  There has been a lot written about (5+ / 0-)

        Stoker's portrayal of Dracula using typical 19th century anti-Semitic themes.

        Drinking blood, hording gold, aversion to Christian symbols, what was viewed then as a perversely heightened sexuality coupled with homo eroticism and an almost effeminate elegance all seem to point that way, given the era.

        Sir Richard Burton and Stoker were very close friends and, of course, Burton's tract The Jew, the Gypsy, and El Islam led to a horrible blood libel and riots in Damascus where the sultan had to order the protection of the Jewish people.

        Fortunately for all of us, vampires have been able to overcome the tropes they were saddled with in 19th century literature to become the awesome, romanticized, hotness that they are today.  :o)

        Dante on wrath - "... love of justice perverted to revenge and spite..."

        by arielle on Tue Sep 29, 2009 at 06:57:21 PM PDT

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        •  I hate it when Christianity gets its tangles (2+ / 0-)
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          into otherwise interesting tales and perverts them. But that's culture for you: always changing, always evolving. I really never liked Stoker's Dracula anyways so I'm glad he is falling out of favor.

          I'm a Puntheist. If your religion doesn't make you laugh out loud at least once a week you may have picked the wrong one.

          by ontheleftcoast on Tue Sep 29, 2009 at 07:18:07 PM PDT

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