The Ancients and Jewish religion
Someone must have noticed this besides me, but since nobody in this board started this topic, I will.
If you analyze the history of the Ancients, you should see a paralel between our blue folks and the Jews. I had this idea while studying philosophy of religion in my Philosophy classes last bimester. The Jews, formerly the Hebrews, belived in a god they called Jeovah (or Javeh), which communicated with them as a desimbodied voice, just like The Elder God with the Ancients. This god, Jeovah, tought them a determined way of life, and, like all the gods in the current religions, he reserved a punishment for those who desobbeyed his orders.
Still in this subject, there is a paralel between Janos Audron and Abraham. Abraham, considered to be the patriarch of the Jewish religion, due to the fact that it was he who spoke to Jeovah, and Janos, at his turn, is the "father of all vampires", and the maker of the Vampire prophecies.
Another interesting thing, though it is MY guessing, is the fact that The Elder God directed his teachings to humans after the Ancients became immortal. As everybody who read the New Testment know, Jesus arose as the Messiah, the god given flesh, after the coming of the twelve prophets (including Abraham himself), fulfilling the prophecy. However, the Jews rejected their Messiah and delivered him to Pilatos, who demanded his cruxification. Centuries and centuries later, more precisingly in the seventh century, Mohammed received the visit of the angel Gabriel (the very same who told Mary she was pregnant of Jesus). This angel told him the following: "There is only one God: Allah. And only one Prophet: Mohammed. I think God made Mohammed build a new religion to punish the Jews who did not accept his Son. The conflict between Jews and Muslims in the Middle East is a result of this (if there is a single Jew on this board, don't take what I said personally. It's just a theory).
The fact that Raziel's name comes from the Jewish Angel of Death is a clue to the influence of Jewish mysticism in the Ancients' belief. The only part of their creed which doesn't seem to come from Jewish religion is the cycle of birth, death and rebirth in which the faith of that blue-skinned people is bound. The creed of the immortality of the soul comes from the Greek philosophy
God Save Jerusalem!