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Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Abhartach: The Oldest Vampire in Western Europe



The oldest recorded vampire in the history of Western Europe would be the Abhartach. It is liken to another vampire creature called Murbhheo. It comes from the legend of Celtics. It is derived from the stories that are believed to happen in the town of Slaughtaverty, Ireland particularly in Glenullin.

Abhartach: A Sorcerer or a Vampire


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Abhartach is a powerful sorcerer. He is a short man and has a physical disability. In some legend he's described as a dwarf. Abhartach married a beautiful maiden. One day he suspected his wife of committing adultery. Since he doesn’t have the courage to confront his wife directly about being unfaithful, he crawled outside his window and crept on the ledges toward his wife’s bedroom. Before he could even reach his wife’s bedroom, the man fell and died. The villagers discovered his body the next morning. The people buried him in the tradition of noble man. They buried him standing upright in his grave.

 

Sorcerer Who Came Back As a Vampire


The day after his burial, Abhartach returned on the village of Slaughtaverty. He demanded that the villagers to cut their wrist and let the blood flow into a bowl for him to drink. He said that their blood will maintain his existence. The people immediately complied on his demand. The people feared him when he was still in the land of the living. They would not dare do anything that would upset him especially now that he is dead.

Eventually, the people decided to hire an assassin. The assassin was able to kill the Abhartach but the man kept returning and demanding for his share of blood. They hired another assassin but the result is still the same. After hiring a bunch of assassin, a druid finally came forward. He said that he can free the villagers on the torment of the undead creature.
The druid revealed that Abhartach cannot be killed in a normal process. He said that he has already turned into a Murbhheo. The druid used a sword made of yam and slashes the creature through. He was then buried upside down in a grave covered with branches, ash and a boulder.

Other Stories about the Abhartach


There are also other stories related with the Abhartach. Instead of a druid, the story tells about a Christian who consulted a saint to defeat the creature. There was a chieftain named Cathrain who defeated the Revenant. The creature was completely defeated by using a sword made from yew. He was they buried upside down. His grave has been surrounded with thorns.

Up to this day, it was believed in the village of Shaughtaverty that anyone who dares to come near the grave site of Abhartach would be killed. A large thorn tree is said to be beside the grave-site of the creature. You can also see a large boulder on it which keeps him trapped inside his grave.

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