Vampires are creatures from folklore that subsists by feeding on the vital essence (generally in the form of blood) of the living. In European folklore, vampires are undead creatures that often visited loved ones and caused mischief or deaths in the neighbourhoods they inhabited while they were alive. They wore shrouds and were often described as bloated and of ruddy or dark countenance, markedly different from today's gaunt, pale vampire which dates from the early 19th century. Vampires are often considered powerful undead in stories and folklore, due to their variety of abilities, and their near-indestructibility. They tend to be extremely difficult to kill. There are a few variations on how Vampires come to be, depending on the folklore of the region in question. In more recent lore, vampires are created when a vampire bites and/or gives a human their blood which turns them into a subordinate vampire, sometimes known as a Thrall.
(Zuhair Murad Fall 2018 Haute Couture Collection)
"The one new guilty pleasure I developed over the pandemic was playing Mario Kart on Nintendo Switch. It became therapeutic, and I have a pretty obsessive personality, so once I get into something, I really go in. I actually formed a group of friends, our own Mario Kart Crew haha, it sounds kind of dorky but I’m so glad I found that and them during such a chaotic time."
Nymphs (Νυμφη meaning ‘Girl of Marriageable Age’) were female spirits of the natural world and minor goddesses of the forests, rivers, springs, meadows, mountains and seas in Greek mythology. They were the crafters of nature's wild beauty, from the growing of trees, flowers and shrubs, to the nurture of wild animals and birds, and the formation of grottos, springs, brooks and wetlands. Nymphs were also companions of the gods. Dionysos (god of festivities) had his wild-eyed Maenads and Bacchae. Artemis (goddess of the hunt) was accompanied by a band of huntress nymphs, Hecate (goddess of magic) by the dark Lampades of the underworld, Poseidon (god of the sea) by the Nereides, and the goddesses of Olympus by a bevy of nymph handmaidens.
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