It is an entirely reasonable quest of scientists to explore the culture and the spiritual framework from which the vampire emerges. All too often in the past—think Copernicus and Galileo—the minions of science have behaved like lemmings, (almost) all of whom were more than willing to march off the nearest intellectual cliff. They would have it that the vampire culture was dark, darker, darkest—a blend of bestiality, cunning, and lethality. As for a spiritual ingredient, vampires were thought to have none, or if they possessed some vestige of the spiritual it, too, was part of the “dark arts.”
Vampires, they claimed, had not one positive gene that heralded a spiritual nature, as commonly understood. Those few scientists who have recently studied with vampires who have undergone resurrection, having sluffed off their vampirism and reverted to mortal humans, have learned of the “spiritual” head of vampirism. The Serpent of Charna. This is not to claim that such entity is an extension of the Devil, for the Devil hopes to vanquish all religion and all faith-based individuals and groups, whereas the Serpent of Charna claims dominion over only those former humans who have evolved into vampires.
Progressive scientists are working feverishly to identify and catalogue those biological markers that indicate a carrier, one who has the latent gene for vampirism. Some, apparently, can live a long and fruitful life, never evolving into a vampire. But most carriers will (sooner or later) have their latent vampire gene jolted into active genetic control of the individual. Aging will stop. All of the characteristics of vampirism will be manifest, either slowly or more rapidly—each individual will evolve on his/her own timetable. Genetic scientists currently believe that the carrier of a latent vampire gene cannot pass the condition on to those he/she mates with. But once an active vampire, the gene will inevitably be transmitted to the partner. (And vampires are renowned for their sexual vigor. . . !)
What causes an individual to be born with a latent vampire gene? Ah, that is the pointy end of the scientific spear. We simply don’t know.
But genetic scientists are working on the answer to that and related questions. It has become apparent that no few diseases might be cured by the careful application of the resurrection tool that has already been so successful at ridding individual vampires of their affliction. Why not other diseases of the blood? The scientific world must bate its breath, for much now appears dimly on the metaphysical horizon.
A footnote. Not all vampires wish to relinquish their array of powers. How we treat those misguided wretches is another matter for debate. If they mate with non-vampire humans, they may succeed in passing the vampire gene to their offspring. That must be stopped! More about that in future blogs.
For those of you who wish to delve more deeply into the real causes of vampirism, read Vampire Resurrection and Vampire Embrace by Vic Brown. Available through Amazon and B & N.