I bet many of you are wondering how someone is turned into a vampire. We all know the most popular way involving lots of blood sucking (they suck, you suck). But if you take a look throughout folklore, old customs and tradition throughout the world you’ll learn that there are loads of ways someone was believed to turn into a vampire. Some of these are pretty ridiculous, but hey, people believed anything back in the day.
Before Birth or Shortly After Birth
Born at certain times of the year (like a new moon or a holy day).
Born with red caul, with teeth, or with an extra nipple.
Born with a red birthmark, born with extra hair, born with two hearts.
Conceived on a holy day (sex during the holidays is a no no).
Weaned too early.
Still being breast fed after weaning.
Death without baptism (this goes for adults too).
Born the seventh son of a seventh son.
A vampire stared at the mother while she was pregnant.
Had a curse cast on them.
Mother did not eat enough salt during pregnancy.
Things Done During Life That Results In Vampirism
Eating the flesh of an animal that was accidentally killed, not properly slaughtered.
Being a Turk.
Being a witch or sorcerer.
Eating sheep that was killed by a wolf.
Leading an immoral life (prostitutes, thieves, murderers…etc.)
Saying a mass while in a state of sin.
Being a werewolf.
Having sex with an animal.
Having a vampire bite three times.
Stealing the ropes used to bury a corpse.
Death or After-Death Causes
Being killed by a vampire.
Wind from the Russian Steppe blowing on the corpse
Having a shadow fall on the corpse.
Death by violence or murder.
Having a cat or other animal jump over the corpse.
No burial or improper burial.
Murder that is unrevenged.
Having a candle pass over the corpse.
Having one’s brother sleepwalk.
Death by drowning.
Death by plague.
Being buried face up (this is from some parts of Romania).
Dying during childbirth