Paul Barber's "Vampires, Burial, and Death" Book Review by Peter Pen

Paul Barber's "Vampires, Burial, and Death"
Book report on Paul Barber's book about the history of vampires.
# 56162 | 1,566 words | 1 source | MLA | 2005
Published on Feb 13, 2005 in English (Misc) , English (General)

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This paper summarizes the history of vampires as presented in Barber's book "Vampires, Burial, and Death." The paper highlights the most important topics in the book, including what types of people typically became vampires, how vampire characteristics differed from culture to culture, and methods used for discerning vampires.

From the Paper:

"After reading the book "Vampires, Burial, and Death" by Paul Barber, it was shocking to learn about the first documented cases of vampires, and how they did not come remotely close to most of the vampire stories that one hears in modern times. It would appear that the modern world is living under a misconception of what a vampire is, or was considered to be. Vampires did not have long canine teeth that they used to puncture the neck of their victims. It did not take an actual bite from another vampire for a dead person to become one as well. An interesting quote from the novel is: "from the point of view of our informants, the factors that bring revenants into existence fall into the following broad categories: (1) predisposition; (2) predestination; (3) events: things that are done to people, things that are done to people, things that they do, things that happen to them; and (4) nonevents: things that are left undone." This is a fascinating statement that leads one to believe that no one is safe from becoming a vampire when they die. It would appear that almost any scenario in the world could fall into one of these categories, which would make it easy to place the blame for small mishaps and large ones on dead people who could not respond to deny these transgressions. The methods of making sure one does not become a vampire are almost as ludicrous as the reasons that one might become a vampire."

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