On 17 Nov 2010 at 13:36, Richard Lyman wrote:
> I had chapter XIX ("the White Leech")in mind. The word "vampire" is not found,
> but the idea of the bloodsucker certainly is. Richard Sturch.
I've forgotten much of the story, so perhaps I'm misremembering, but I
thought Lilith was not human.
A vampire is essentially a revenant, a human corpse returned from the grave.
I suppose zombies are revenants too, but I'm less sure about them, as they
are from a different cultural milieu.
In South Africa the word "zombie" is used for what is essentially an animated
corpse, reanimated by a human being to serve their own purposes. They are
undead, but do not really have any will of their own. I understand the
concept of zombies came from the Caribbean, though it may have originally
have reached there from Africa, and thus South African beliefs might not be
all that different.
I may crosspost this to the Nurel list (New Religious Movements), where John
Morehead lurks and occasionally posts, since he is something of a fundi on
zombies in literature.