LAST NIGHT I WATCHED “SECRETS OF THE DEAD” ON PBS AND THE SHOW WAS ABOUT VAMPIRES. I learned how their existence got started and how it remains today. I felt virtuous for watching such foolishness because it was on Public TV.
How many people will dress as Vampires tonight? How many children will want to be the “walking dead” while accepting real live candy? What is the fascination with dead people who have come back to life?
The PBS show seemed to explain part of this by the fact that ancient people couldn’t explain why they had disease and barren crops much of the time. It was easier to blame dead people who came back to haunt the living with catastrophic events. Their solution was to dig up the buried person and cut out their heart and burn it in the village cross roads. This supposedly took care of any further disasters from that Vampire. There were plenty more out there in the grave yards though!