Vampire Lore from Transylvania to Ancient Peru

Presented by Sharonah Fredrick
Assistant Director, ACMRS

Eventbrite - Vampire Lore from Transylvania to Ancient Peru

Friday, October 23, 2015 at 7:00pm
Poisoned Pen Bookstore
4014 N. Goldwater Blvd #101
Scottsdale, AZ 85251
Open to the public - $10 at the door - Refreshments will be served

From the historical Vlad Tepes, the bloody count of Transylvania's Early Modern period, to the fanged deity Ai Aipec, sacred icon of Peru's pre-Incan Moche kingdom, the vampire phenomenon has captured humanity's morbid fantasy. Chronology and geography notwithstanding, the vampire is sometimes imagined nightmare and sometimes embroidered historical fact/fiction. "Undead" characters of the male and female varieties literally haunt the global imagination. Sixteenth-century noblewoman Elizabeth Bathory drank peasant blood to maintain her youthful appearance; and the feared Kharisiri demon of the Bolivian Altiplano sucked the life-essence from Aymara children. These tales indicate class and religious conflicts whose actual histories surpass any horror story. Join us for a spooky evening where we search for the real-life meanings beyond the supernatural, the historical role that the fictional "vampire" played in the collective imagination of medieval and Early Modern peoples, and for a discussion of contemporary versions of the older, and chilling, legends.