|Modern Vampires no longer shy away from garlic unlike
their ancestors. Perhaps Vampires have become immune to
the power of garlic.
|In the old ways church clergy distributed garlic to their
parishioners. Those that did not eat it were deemed
Vampires. Other legends say that distributing garlic in the
church kept the Vampires out.
|Vampire repellants came in the form of garlic necklaces, made
from raw cloves strung together or fashioned into a garlic
amulet. Some people rubbed raw cloves on their necks, other
slept with garlic under their pillows.
|Eastern Europeans, some of the most Vampire
plagued people in literature didn't just wear garlic,
they ate it everyday for protection.
|Romanians used it like Lysol, smearing it on the
windows, doors, any entryway to their home or barn
or even on the horns of their cattle.
|The Romanians took care of their dead by plugging
garlic into a corpses mouth, nostrils, eyes & ears. No
way could a Vampire enter their body.
|So should we all be mixing heads of garlic with our
pumpkin stew? Can it ward off the un-dead Vampire
princes of the night?
|Its true that garlic has long been associated with health &
life in general, however why should it ward off Vampires
specifically rather than all un-dead monsters?
|European folklore also gives garlic the ability to ward off the
|Dreaming that there is garlic in the house is supposedly lucky;
to dream about eating garlic means you'll discover hidden
|Roman soldiers ate garlic to inspire them & give them
courage. Egyptian slaves were fed garlic to keep their
|Tibetan monks were forbidden from entering the monasteries
if they had eaten garlic. Garlic is known universally as the
|Garlic also has a long reputation in folk medicine &
mythology for its health giving properties.