Mar. 13th, 2010

capriuni: A black field crossed by five parallel lighting bolts in blue, gold, green, red, and purple (renegade)
...And this is what is driving me nuts: I clearly remember reading, years ago, in Funk and Wagnall's Dictionary of Folklore, Mythology and Legend*, that some cultures believed that children born from sex with a vampire have no bones in their hands (bones, in many cultures, are linked to the soul).

But I've got that book open on my desk right now, and I can't find the article where I read it. And I know that that's the book I read it in. But it's not in the article on vampires, nor the one on bones.

Has anyone here come across something similar, who may be able to give a clue where to look (maybe keywords to search with, online)?

Yes, I remembered this while thinking about my story, since my hero was almost born without the full compliment of bones. And I realized he's probably not the only kid with the condition -- just the only one with parents powerful and rich enough for their doctors to suggest a fancy, new, high-tech, experimental, "fix."

(Ah, the layers of privilege and under-privilege in the Disability Community!)

I know I don't need to remind myself of the details of this folk belief, since I've already got the idea, but it is a brain-itch.

And then, I got a mischievous idea: the other kids, who didn't get an in utero treatment, are fitted into artificial exo-skeletons, and for the kids with the most severe forms of this condition, those exo-skeletons might be fitted around their thorasic cavity, to protect their hearts and lungs -- very much like Davros's -- and I could counter the trope that physical delibilty = spiritual corruption by putting an imposing looking body casing around a rosy-faced innocent, laughing child -- who'd be one of my hero's bestest friends! (Bwa-ha-ha!).

Of course, I'd have to give it a different look, to avoid copyright issue with Terry Nation's estate, but still... *smirk*



*(1972 hardcover edition, which may be around the time I read the article -- I got the book new for Christmas -- it might have been in print a couple of years, by then)

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