Difference between Ghost and Vampire

Key difference: Ghost and Vampire are both considered to be supernatural beings. The main difference between the two is that vampires are considered as mortals, who live up-to 1000 years, whereas ghosts are the soul and spirit of the deceased.

The concept of vampires was introduced by Bram Stoker in 1897; he wrote a book named ‘Dracula’ which turned out to be a quintessential vampire novel and provided the basis of the modern legend. This book spawned a distinctive vampire genre, and since then vampire is considered as a dominant figure in the horror genre.

The notion of vampirism has existed for millennia; cultures such as the Mesopotamians, Hebrews, Ancient Greeks, and Romans had tales of demons and spirits which are considered similar to the modern vampires. There were many beliefs regarding this notion. In most cases, vampires were considered as spirits of evil beings, suicide victims, or witches. They were described as bloated in appearance, and ruddy, purplish, or dark in color; also, blood was seen seeping from the mouth and nose; the left eye of the vampire was open in their shroud or coffin; they would be buried in linen shroud. 

Though originally, vampires were said to be women, who would seduce men and feast on their blood; based on the modern books and movies, they can be any gender now. Also, now they are depicted as handsome, charismatic, charming pale human beings that prefer feasting on human blood. They are now considered to be more humanized and people with feelings. Based on every author or writers imagination, vampires were considered to have many characteristic descriptions; they had abilities such as ESP, telepathy, telekinesis; or the ability to turn into bats; some made them vulnerable to the sun by causing them to burn horrifically; others gave them the ability to glitter. Also, the Crosses, Wooden stakes, Holy water, certain herbs (vervain), garlic and silver are considered as weaknesses of vampires.

The idea of ‘ghosts’ is considered to be based on the different rituals or practices, which were specifically designed to put to rest the spirits of the dead. The practices included funeral rites, exorcisms, ritual magic and some practices of spiritualism. In many accounts, ghosts are thought to be dead people looking for vengeance, or are held back on earth for bad things they did during their life, or they have unfinished business.

According to Dictionary.com, a ‘ghost’ is defined as:

  • The soul of a dead person
  • A disembodied imagined spirit
  • A vague, shadowy or evanescent form
  • A wandering among or haunting the living persons

A ‘ghost’ is the soul or the spirit of a dead person or animal. Ghosts are described to be an invisible presence, translucent or barely visible wispy shapes, or realistic visions; it is a traditional belief that ghosts are visible to the living in many forms or manifestations.

Ghosts are generally described as solitary essences that haunt particular locations, objects, or people. Also, their appearance is generally regarded as an omen or portent of death. However, scientists believe that ‘ghosts’ are a result of optical illusion and there is no credible scientific evidence to support their origins. They argue that it is the human peripheral vision, which misleads or misinterprets different sights and sounds as the presence of ghosts and that all these are simple hallucinations which are experienced late in the night, when the brain is tired and is more likely to make mistakes.

Comparison between Ghost and Vampire:

 

Ghost

Vampire

Definition

It is the spirit or soul of a person who is dead.

He is a supernatural being, who feasted on human flesh and blood.

Spirit

It is the spirit of a deceased person.

He was considered to be the spirit of evil beings, suicide victims, or witches.

Body

They are immaterial; they have no physical body.

They are super natural beings, who can turn into bats. 

Characteristics

  • It is an invisible presence, translucent or barely visible wispy shapes, or realistic visions.
  • It is a solitary essence that haunts particular locations, objects, or people.
  • They are considered as bloated in appearance.
  • They have ruddy, purplish, or dark in color.
  • Blood was seen seeping from the mouth and nose. The left eye of the vampire was open in their shroud or coffin.
  • They would be buried in linen shroud. 

Beliefs

  • Dead people looking for vengeance.
  • People held back on earth for bad things they did during life.
  • Their appearance is regarded as an omen or portent of death.
  • They have abilities such as ESP, telepathy, telekinesis.
  • They can turn into bats. They are vulnerable to the sun which causes them to burn horrifically.
  • They have the ability to glitter.
  • The Crosses, Wooden stakes, Holy water, certain herbs (vervain), garlic and silver are weaknesses of vampires.

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