Thread Why was it believed vampires had no reflection?

Black Manta

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Can't find anything useful on the web. There's got to be some kind of mideval logic that started this particular trait.
 

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One theory is because mirrors used to be made from Silver (and mercury), and since silver was regarded as incorruptible, it therefore could not show the corruption that is the vampire.

The other theory is based on folklore that it could not be seen because it does not have a soul.
 

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One theory is because mirrors used to be made from Silver (and mercury), and since silver was regarded as incorruptible, it therefore could not show the corruption that is the vampire.

The other theory is based on folklore that it could not be seen because it does not have a soul.

I bet you were an Angel and Buffy fan, huh?
 

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It's believed they have no reflection because vampires themselves don't actually exist, and therefore cannot have reflections.
 

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Looked this up on google, they didn't directly say this, but the answer basically summed up, because if they could see themselves, they would all end up like the Twilight vampires.
 

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One theory is because mirrors used to be made from Silver (and mercury), and since silver was regarded as incorruptible, it therefore could not show the corruption that is the vampire.

The other theory is based on folklore that it could not be seen because it does not have a soul.

the latter sounds more believable given the hold that religion formerly had
 

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It's because vampires are so spectacularly gay that they are ashamed of being seen. However sunlight should have no effect on them in that case.
 

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Timaeus from Plato described a system of physics where visible light (stuff you see) is a reflection of the soul of the object (or somesuch I can't remember it well). Is unlikely it has anything to do with vampires specifically but it speaks to how ancient peoples thought of these things. Mirrors are a pretty common literary device: Medusa, Snow White... others. Even in 'A Picture of Dorian Grey' the picture is essentially a mirror that reflects his soul.