Native Soil

In Eastern Europe, vampires were believed to be revived bodies of the dead. They lived close to the grave of the local graveyards.
coffin_construction_13 Their Native Soil surrounded them. However, there never was a special mention of it. Nor was there a special mention in the early vampire stories.

Bram Stocker was the first to mention the need for native soil. Count Dracula was found various times lying in boxes of “his” native soil. He had 50 crates shipped to England and scattered around (all full of soil.) Abraham Van Helsing figures out Dracula needs the soil as a resting place. He destroys all but one crate by placing a Eucharistic wafer in them.


I find it strange that our literary history creates a large amount of our believes.
What do you think about Native soil? Do you think Vampires would need it?

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4 thoughts on “Native Soil

  1. Interesting question. I suppose it depends on the mythology in question and how “magical” vs. “scientific” you want your vampires to be. It wouldn’t make sense in an “Underworld” type setting where vampires are natural creatures created through the action of a virus, but it does make sense if it is more of a “curse” that afflicts them. Very interesting.

  2. averythorne says:

    Nahhh, native soil isn’t all that realistic, even in terms of curses. I mean, maybe a particularly spiteful curse, but not standard modern vampire stuff. Same with the whole ‘crosses hurt the undead’ thing. I mean, this is implying that all vampires are Christian, and that no other holy symbols of any religion have effect on them. Seems a bit silly, if you consider it…

    • mari wells says:

      A lot of what we believe to be able to keep a vampire away won’t. Holy water and church grounds are also suppose to be off limits to vampires. So it’s not only a cross. It’s all funny and strange when you really get into it. 😀

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