The exact etymology is unclear. List of vampires in folklore and mythology 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 precursors to modern vampires. Despite the occurrence of vampire-like creatures in these ancient civilizations, the folklore for the entity known today as the vampire originates almost exclusively from early 18th-century southeastern Europe ,  when verbal traditions of many ethnic groups of the region were recorded and published. In most cases, vampires are revenants of evil beings, suicide victims, or witches , but they can also be created by a malevolent spirit possessing a corpse or by being bitten by a vampire. Belief in such legends became so pervasive that in some areas it caused mass hysteria and even public executions of people believed to be vampires.
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Series overview[ edit ] The series is set in the fictional town of Mystic Falls, Virginia , a town charged with supernatural history since its settlement of migrants from New England in the late 19th century. It follows the life of Elena Gilbert Nina Dobrev , a teenage girl who has just lost both parents in a car accident, as she falls in love with a year-old vampire named Stefan Salvatore Paul Wesley. Their relationship becomes increasingly complicated as Stefan's mysterious older brother Damon Salvatore Ian Somerhalder returns, with a plan to bring back their past love Katherine Pierce, a vampire who looks exactly like Elena. Although Damon is initially the villain and harbors a grudge against his brother for forcing him to become a vampire, he later reconciles with Stefan and falls in love with Elena, creating a love triangle among the three. Both brothers protect Elena as they face various villains and threats to their town, including Katherine. The brothers' history and the town's mythology are revealed through flashbacks as the series goes on. Additional storylines revolve around the other inhabitants of the town, most notably Elena's younger brother Jeremy Gilbert Steven R.
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