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?
The Stinking Rose
European folklore also gives garlic the ability to ward off
the "evil eye".
Dreaming that there is garlic in the house is supposedly
lucky; to dream about eating garlic means you'll discover
hidden secrets.
Roman soldiers ate garlic to inspire them & give them
courage. Egyptian slaves were fed garlic to keep their
strenght up.
Tibetan monks were forbidden from entering the
monasteries if they had eaten garlic. Garlic is known
universally as the stinking rose.
Garlic also has a long reputation in folk medicine &
mythology for its health giving properties.