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26th-Jul-2012 03:53 am
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Does anyone know where the "vampire spit heals things " started? Looking at blood sucking animals i'd think vamp spit would just be anticoagulant and anesthetic. also if anyone knows some good stories that go into the whole vamp physiology i'd love to read them
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26th-Jul-2012 09:42 am (UTC)
One main thing I can figure is in Spike's first episode. Drusilla scratches and then licks Spike's cheek, making the scratch mostly go away.
Or it could be that because vamps heal so fast, it is figured their blood would be a healing factor.
26th-Jul-2012 10:29 am (UTC)
I don't know myself, but it seems like vampire blood has many aspects to it... healing properties and addiction, so I'd guess spit would have some kind of healing/anespetic effect too.
26th-Jul-2012 04:31 pm (UTC)
My understanding is that the logic comes from the turning process (which animals don't have). Traditionally the vampire fed off the victim for a prolonged period of time (an explanation for actual diseases that slowly weakened a person) before finally turning them. Since the victim had to be alive for several nights/weeks, it was thought that the vampire 'healed' the feeding marks rather than letting them bleed out and die. I couldn't say where it started... this was probably local lore that existed before vampire fiction/literature was around.
26th-Jul-2012 05:54 pm (UTC)
There's a bunch of popular literature in which the vampire's saliva has some healing properties - the vamps in the Sookie Stackhouse novels do (although possibly not in the True Blood T.V. series - I'm not sure) and a couple random stand alone novels have the same deal. I think fanfic writers sometimes apply tropes of vampires they're familiar with to the Buffy vampires; the whole "childe" thing is a good example of that.

Edited at 2012-07-26 05:56 pm (UTC)
26th-Jul-2012 10:05 pm (UTC)
cool thanks to everyone who answered :D
27th-Jul-2012 07:30 am (UTC)
The myth of the vampire has been known since ancient times in one from or another, more so in the ancient world than modern. Each culture attributes them with different abilities from the ability to fly, to shape shift. However I have to say that in no culture I have studied has there been mention of the vampire being able to heal others through his saliva or in any other way (except turning of the dying). It is the realm of fiction writers and movies only and probably attributable to the new wave of 'romanticism' regarding these mythical creatures, as is the Sire/Childe bond and other abilities fiction writers endow them with. Quite simply, they don't exist, they are therefore not governed by any physical or natural laws and you can write whatever you want.
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