Butterflies and Vampires

What does a butterfly have to do with vampires?
Well not a lot, but they are connected.


In Slavic lore the soul takes the shape of a butterfly when it leaves the body. Not only during death, but also during sleep, and out of body experiences.

The soul can also take the shape of a moth, fly or bird.

When vampire corpses are staked, onlookers watch for the butterfly or moth to escape. If a butterfly is seen it must be captured. The captured butterfly is thrown into a bonfire; this will completely destroy the vampire. If the butterfly escapes, seven years of vengeance awaits the villages.

Most Slavic vampires hold grudges!


4 thoughts on “Butterflies and Vampires

  1. Karen Soutar says:

    I’d hold a grudge if someone staked me as well. πŸ˜‰

  2. I adore butterflies…but I suspect I may look on them a little differently now. May also explain a bit more about a fortune teller telling me a long while ago that my daughter was like a butterfly. πŸ˜‰

    • mari wells says:

      Don’t look at butterflies differently, look at Everything differently. Hmmm, your daughter is a “butterfly”. . . I should start a training school for young vampires. (I need a light bulb emoticon)
      I wonder if the fortune teller meant something else, now my witch studies are kicking. πŸ˜€

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