Can vampires reproduce and do they need a human to do it? In recent times, we’ve seen many authors and show directors take many liberties with what powers these supernatural creatures truly possess. But what about according to folklore?
Is it possible for a vampire to be born? Yes, according to folklore, there are countless references throughout Bulgarian folklore that indicates vampires have the power to have babies without having to turn them.
The interesting thing about these updated supernatural creatures is that born vampires possess different powers and acute senses than a normal vampire making them an entirely different type of undead.
Let’s dive deep into what we know about when vampires reproduce.
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Is there any folklore record of vampires mating with humans?
According to folklore specifically related to vampires mating with humans, we find the term Dhampir show up over and over again. A Dhampir is a creature born through the union of a vampire and a human. Typically a male vampire and female human. It is very uncommon to see the relationship in reverse.
You might also see terms such as:
- Dhampirica (girl)
- Vampir (boy)
- Vampirica (girl)
Each of these represent descendants of human and vampire parents and are all different ways of saying Dhampir.
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Can Dhampirs create vampires?
While Dhampirs do possess many great powers and are still considered half-vampire, they cannot create vampires on their own. Dhampirs can produce children. There is a 50% chance that those babies will become dhampirs and a 50% chance they will be regular humans.
Do human-vampire offspring have special powers or weaknesses?
Since these special vampires were made, it makes sense that they possess special powers and weaknesses. Human-vampire offspring – according to folklore – while very similar to their fathers, aren’t quite the same.
|Ability to detect powers||Can detect shape-shifters|
|Can day-walk||Has no problem walking out in the sun|
|Can eat food||Still can enjoy human luxuries|
|Acute sense of sight||Can retain perfect clarity – even in darkness|
|Acute sense of smell||Similar to a wolf – great for hunting|
|Acute sense of hearing||Great for battle|
|Can control animals||Have a direct connection with certain animals|
|Can sense danger||Feelings warnings|
|Superhuman strength and speed||Naturally stronger and faster than humans|
|Memory Recall||Unable to forget / minds are vaults|
|Lasting Stamina||Built to fight and to last|
What Do Vampire Babies Look Like?
Children of vampires are always more attractive than humans. Their features are more pronounced and their essence is always very appealing to other people. They have the ability to draw people in – similar to their fathers.
However, in most stories, Dhampirs are fighters – naturally born this way. So, expect an enhanced physics with muscular undertones. This race is always ready for battle.
If you research Bulgarian folklore, you will find an entirely different recount. This group of people was documented as “dirty” and without any nails and bones. There is even a record of “a deep mark on the back, like a tail.” Doesn’t sound very appealing?
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Vampires Tend To Dislike These Babies
In the end, normal vampires do not like vampires who are born because they are closer to humans than the undead. The fact that they can walk in the sun and still need to eat real food in order to survive makes them unequal. Something unnatural to the … unnatural.
You will find in most movies that there is such a wide divide between these two communities that Dhamphir’s usually become vampire hunters. After spending years of being exiled and threatened by the rest of their race, there comes a point where this new race starts to fight back. Take the movie series Blade – for example.
A half-mortal, half-immortal is out to avenge his mother’s death and rid the world of vampires. The modern-day technologically advanced vampires he is going after are in search of his special blood type needed to summon an evil god who plays a key role in their plan to execute the human race.IMDB
However, in recent times, books like Vampire Academy positioned the Dhampir as guardians to the vampire race from the unruly strigori. So, there are many uses for this powerful group of people. (PS – do not watch Vampire Academy, please just read the books. So much better)
Lissa Dragomir is a Moroi princess: a mortal vampire with an unbreakable bond to the earth’s magic. The powerful blend of human and vampire blood that flows through Rose Hathaway, Lissa’s best friend, makes her a Dhampir.
Rose is dedicated to a dangerous life of protecting Lissa from the Strigoi, who are hell-bent on making her one of them. Rose and Lissa must navigate through this dangerous world, confront the temptation of a forbidden romance, and never once let their guard down, lest the Strigoi make Lissa one of them forever.Synopsis for Vampire Academy
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Do Vampire Borns Drink Blood?
Does a dhampir need blood to live? A vampire and human born baby needs regular food to thrive. They only need to drink blood if they want to maintain their superstrength and supernatural powers.
It has been suggested that some born vampires have found an alternative to blood supplies. Again, take Blade and his movie series. We find him constantly using a blood serum inhaler which contains an alternative to the real things.
Popular Movies And TV Shows Handling Vampires Being Born
In the TV show “Angel”, we saw two vampires getting pregnant, but magic was involved. They were unable to do it on their own. In the end, the mother couldn’t feed the child while in the womb and eventually had to stake herself in order to give birth.
We all saw Caroline Forbes carry twins in the Vampire Diaries, but it wasn’t for Stefan Salvatore. It was for Alaric and it – again – happened through magic. She wasn’t the natural mother.
Sonja’s Unborn Child was the child conceived by the affair between the Vampire Sonja and the Lycan Lucian. Naturally, we didn’t see that birth because she was burned to death. But how was this pregnancy possible?
In the Underworld, the “rules” were very different – vampires aged. Their bodies still transformed and turned throughout time. A lot of liberties were taken in this film.
This was a very different spin as well. In Van Helsing, the vampires created a nest of eggs where the new vampires would eventually hatch. They were created by two vampires mating together. This was the first time we saw anything like this before. There are no references to this type of vampire birth in folklore.
Stephanie Meyer’s Contraction To Her Own Writing In Breaking Dawn
One of the most popular recent vampire born babies happened in Twilight and it caused quite the controversy. Technically, Edward Cullen shouldn’t have been able to have an erection or even have sex under the rules that Stephanie Meyer set forth for her vampire universe.
During an interview while on tour promoting her billion-dollar empire, she had this to say about the Cullens:
“Most human fluids are absent in my vampires. No sweat, no tears, no blood besides that which they ingest–they don’t have their own blood. They do sort of have saliva–the venom makes their mouths wet, at least. When they drink blood, it runs through their body and makes them strong. It floods through their old blood ways, though they don’t have circulation anymore. It lightens their eyes* and flushes their skin slightly.”Stephanie Meyers — on Vampires in her universe
If it is true that they don’t have sweat, tears, or blood circulating throughout their bodies… how on EARTH did Edward have an erection and eventually lead to the entire birth of Breaking Dawn? Let’s not even cross over to the thought that sperm somehow lived within his barren body but his sweat ducts are void and empty.
Can Dhampirs die?
Dhampirs are semi-immortal which makes them interesting. Vampires live forever, but this race can die from battle. However, they won’t die from natural causes or aging.
Who are some famous Dhampirs?
Two famous Dhampirs are Blade – who aims to rid the world of evil vampires and was portrayed by actor Wesley Snipes – and Alucard – the antagonist of the Castlevania series. If you haven’t watched Castlevania, I highly suggest you do.
As referenced above, Rose Hathaway and Dimitri Belikov are two vampire born characters from Vampire Academy. While not as popular as the first two examples, if you are interested in this topic, I highly encourage you to read this series. Their love affair is like none other and it’s a great action series. The movie representation of this book series was an absolute MURDER.
But the most popular dhampir to date is most certainly Renesmee Carlie Cullen. She is the daughter of Edward Cullen and Bella Swan. Nessie was born on September 10 – just three days before Bella’s nineteenth birthday in the book Breaking Dawn.