Do vampires have a reflection in the mirror?
Not all legends and myths agree on the question of if vampires have a mirror reflection – you will find arguments on both sides of the question.
Many of the more traditional legends however do claim that vampires in fact do not have a reflection. Others go a step farther and claim that not only does the vampire not have a reflection, but it also does not have a shadow. The absence of a mirror reflection is thought to be due to the belief that vampires have no soul. No soul = no reflection.
In fact, mirrors and their connection with the soul are referenced in many cultures – and it is commonly believed in many cultures that mirrors can capture the soul. In the southern United States for example, it used to be very common to cover mirrors after someone died to prevent the mirror from capturing the dead person’s soul as it drifts out of the body. Another famous superstition involving mirrors is that breaking a mirror brings seven years of bad luck…the reason for this is said to be because a reflection in the mirror represents one’s soul – breaking it can create a broken soul.
So what should you believe? Do vampires have a reflection or not? It depends on if you think vampires have a soul or not. If you think that vampires have no soul, you can also assume that you will not see their reflection in the mirror. So of course the next question is would you see just clothes in the mirror? or would the clothes not reflect either? 😉