The vampire women emerge from the mists of time
As if they should pursue always, aren’t only the Werewolves to accompany the history of mankind for centuries, but also the vampires. Whether you believe them beings of an alien race, genetic mutations produced on some human beings from ancient astronauts, or the result of an infamous pact with the devil, vampires are a presence that is lost in the mists of time and showing an origin universal, since their shape is described in every culture regardless of time and latitude.
The perverse appeal that vampires exert on collective imagination is irresistibile: their cruelty appears the embodiment of evil released from any emotions, the pleasure that they would feel seems to consist in killing its own sake, often exalted by the innocence of their victims, who surrender to pleasure and horror of the destruction of themselves. But while the male vampires are hidden creatures of an ancient fear, their females exalt the human imagination since the dawn of time, becoming primordial symbols of an ambiguous triad: seduction-life blood -death.
The first true vampire woman in history was the Babylonian Lilith (or Ardat Lili); just as the ancient Lamashtu, as well Babylonian, lured men to drink their blood and stole the fetus in the womb of mothers. Mormo, Lamia and Empusa, demons of the Greek-Roman mythology, were able to turn into graceful youth that attract their prey, especially children in the case of Mormo, young men who followed them in their beds in the case of Empusa and Lamia, who then drink their blood and devour them. The Striga were vampire women of ancient Rome, but with the same name were also indicated courtesans.
In Asia since the eighth century AD speaks of the Sing-dongmo, women from the psychic vampire fangs bristling head in a crypt of the Tibetan monastery of Samye, whose access is still prohibited to anyone other than the great Lama himself, plaguing the vital airs of evil people and greedily absorb them. In the European Middle Ages flourish evidence of vampires both male and female, with the Italic Surbiles able to break into homes in the form of smoke, and then sucking the blood of newborns at night. In the sixteenth century there is the historical record of the first “real” female vampire, Erzsebet Bathory (1560-1614), bloodthirsty countess of Transylvania. Cultured and beautiful, Erzsebet was an ally of Vlad Tepes (son of Vlad Dracul), whose tomb might be located in Naples.
Tepes by the beautiful but deadly Erzsebet seems to have taken sado-masochistic tendencies and sexually deviant while Aunt Karla Bathory began at the pleasure of the scourging and the practice of occult rituals. Convinced that bathrooms and daily blood mugs will make her immortal beauty, Erzsebet was a few years later found to have tortured and bled to death over six hundred maidens and for that she was buried alive in her own Csejthe castle. Full of female vampires traces is also the American mythology, from Mexican Cuateteo, who throws her own attacks from the crossings, to Azeman of Suriname, female demon with features common to vampires and werewolves.
The vampire women over the centuries have become the symbol of sin but also of extreme sex, in which the carnal act is expressed through the bite, a “deadly kiss” that generates, when it does not kill, another vampire. Only in recent times especially this aura, a mixture of ambiguity and mystery, of atavistic fears and sense of the supernatural, seems to have subsided and trivialized, however, always ready, btw, to give life back to the most ancient fears of humanity.