Wednesday, September 29, 2021

Guest Blog: Cain as Vampire

Today on TMtV we welcome author Dina Rae to the blog. Cain, the biblical figure, has been a source of artistic speculation. Whilst association with vampirism would seem to date to the Vampire the Masquerade game, artistic use of the figure goes back much further (Byron writing a play based on the character where his murderous act is encouraged through mystical visions provided by Lucifer). Like the figure of Lilith, the association of Cain with the vampire is now cemented into popular consciousness and, to mark the novel Peacocks, Pedestals, and Prayers being globally free on September 30th 2021 through to October 4th 2021, Dina Rae offers us a theory for that association.

Vampires have been around since the beginning of time. Cain was the first recorded account of vampirism. Cain's biography began in Genesis as Adam's first son. He and his brother Abel gave God their offerings. Abel was a shepherd, and he gave God a sheep. Cain was a farmer, and he offered God the fruits of his crop. God made it known that He favored Abel's offering. Cain took his brother to a field, and then killed him. Some believed Cain killed him with a rock, while others claimed he killed him with a knife that was used for disembowelling animals. Regardless of the "how", Cain lied to God when asked about Abel's whereabouts. The famous quote "Am I my brother's keeper?" came from this story.

Most believed Cain's motive was jealousy. Cain did not like how God seemed to favor Abel. But in the Muslim faith, Cain and Abel were in love with the same woman, Aclima. She was also Adam's daughter which made her at the very least their half-sister, maybe even their full sister. The offering to God was not about God, but rather using God's favorite gift as a way to determine who would get the girl as a wife.

Furthermore, Ancient Jewish philosophers claimed that Cain was not Adam's son, but Sammael's son, suggesting that Eve was an adulteress. Sammael was an angel who was linked with Satan, or even Satan himself. This made Abel his half-brother. This also meant that Cain was a Nephilim.

But Cain's biography continued. God sentenced Cain to a life of wandering, and he wandered for over seven hundred years. Cain fathered six children, 2 daughters and 4 sons. He was possibly killed by stones when his house collapsed on top of him (Jubilees), a neat and convenient poetic justice from those who believed he killed his brother with a stone. He could have also been killed by Lamech, his great-grandson, who mistook him for a wild beast, which adds further ammunition to the vampire theory.

Somewhere before Cain's death and after he murdered his brother, God put a mark on Cain that cursed him indefinitely. Part of the curse involved an immunity from death. It was written that anyone who tried to kill Cain would suffer a sevenfold vengeance. The type of mark was unknown. Ancient scholar Rav stated that Cain was cursed with horns that protruded from his head. Rashi, another ancient scholar, believed the letter of God was etched into Cain's skull.

Cain wandered away from his family and eventually met Lillith, the first wife of Adam, his father. They had an affair, and she seduced him with ancient witchcraft. She held a ceremony and cut herself open for blood which was collected into a bowl. Cain drank it. This story echoed a pre-anti-Christ Last Supper with the unholy grail.

At some point during Cain's wanderings, three angels independently visited him and offered a chance to repent for his brother's murder. He refused all of them. They further cursed him with a weakness to fire, aversion to sunlight, and an insatiable desire for blood (Talmud, Book of Adam and Eve, and historiolas).

Cain eventually left Lillith and wandered off to Ubar. In the Bible, Cain settled somewhere in the land of Nod which was east of Eden. Cain received fame and respect in his village, gaining power and control. Legend stated that Cain was fascinated by two lovers and changed them into creatures like him. They were given immortality, but chose to walk in sunlight and die after finding out their new kind of life would not grant them children.

Cain was devastated and wanted other beings to be like him. His son Enoch begged Cain to change him into Cain's likeness, and eventually got his wish. Soon the village name of Ubar was changed to Enoch. Enoch eventually learned how to change others to be like him and his father such as heads of state, military, lands, and other high posts. This theory overlapped with other secret society theories connected with vampire dynasties.

Peacocks, Pedestals, and Prayers is a new release about a fallen angel/vampire who hijacks an ancient religion. Biblical lore, ancient cults, Nephilim, vampire allusions, occult, Enoch, exorcism, and mind control are elements of the story.

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blcsdina said...

Thanks for hosting! Honored to be your guest! Dina Rae

Taliesin_ttlg said...

absolutely not a problem, thank you for the guest blog