JUDAS ISCARIOT: THE FIRST VAMPIRE
The Biblical Story Of Judas Iscariot
Matthew 27:3-8 When Judas, who had betrayed him, saw that Jesus was condemned, he was seized with remorse and returned the thirty silver coins to the chief priests and the elders. "I have sinned", he said "for I have betrayed the innocent blood". "What is that to us"? they replied. "That is your responsibility". So Judas threw the money into the temple and left. Then he went away and hanged himself.The chief priests picked up the coins and said, "It is against the law to put this into the treasury, since it is blood money". So they decided to use the money to buy the potter's field as a burial place for foreigners. That is why it has been called the Field of Blood to this day.
How Judas Became A Vampire
There are many beliefs as to how exactly Judas becomes a vampire, the first belief and most common is that god cursed Judas and his family to walk the earth until the second coming of Jesus, and until that time he would thirst for the blood of Jesus, which of course he could only receive through christians. Which is proof that perhaps this myth was propogated by the church.
The second belief is not as common, but goes along with the Last Supper, in that during the last supper Jesus was being quite literal when he said to drink of his blood and eat of his flesh. There are quite a few people who belief Jesus himself was a vampire, thus it can be easily believed that Jesus himself created Judas knowing he would betray him.
The Judas Kiss
It has been very common belief throughout most vampire folklore that those who commit suicide or die an untimely death can or will become vampires themselves. This was especially prevalent during the dark ages and middle ages in the catholic church, in christianity those who commit suicide are believed to be damned to hell (it was only during the dark ages that the idea of purgatory was introduced). This belief, lends then to the belief that Judas is damned, not only for his betrayal, but for taking his own life.
In many cultures a common folklore belief about vampires was the presence of red hair. In most of the meditteranian region, those with red hair were believed to be vampires, or would die to become vampires, red hair afterall was incredibly uncommon in this area. Judas was said to have been a red head thus it was believed his children would also have red hair, this is where the idea that all vampires created by Judas have red hair. It is very possible this belief came into play after the original myth was created as cultural folklore was included.
Perhaps the most common of the vampire myths is the belief that a vampire can be destroyed by a stake, or more precisely a stake made of aspen wood. Aspen is the wood that it is believed the cross upon which Jesus was crucified was made from. It was believed that because Judas had ultimately caused Jesus death he would then be repelled by the item of his demise.
It is also believed that the myth of a vampires repulsion by crucifixes and other holy items stem from Judas. Simply put, Judas felt great remorse for what he had done, and as such he was repelled by anything that reminded him of the great atrocity which he had committed.
The final folk belief about vampires that is attributed to Judas is the belief that vampires are repelled by silver. It is believed that since Judas himself cast aside the silver which he had taken when he betrayed Jesus that he now had a repulsion to the substance and as such was repelled by it.
This myth is very obscure, it is old, and not as popular as many other myths, but it gives answers to why a few of the folklore beliefs exist. During the modern day the image of the vampire has changed, from a predatory creature of the night, to a almost romantic figure of modern culture. Perhaps this is why many origin myths have survived while others died out, there is a great deal less involvement by the Church in our beliefs and as such many of the truely religous vampire beliefs have all but died out. In reality, most vampire beliefs were created by the Church to keep people from robbing graves, roaming the streets at night, and to generally instill fear in a relatively ignorant people.