Kine is Latin for “cow.”
Due to certain gaming companies, humans and the human-vampire communities are aware of this. The term is used to maintain polite society among humans. Sometimes one might hear vampyre refer to humans as “cows” or “vacca.”
Why cows? Because they are domesticated, boring and tend to just graze through life before becoming food.
Otherwise, you will also hear vampyre refer to humans as “humans,” “people” and “human beings.”
We also politely use the non-bovine term “mundane” when referring to humans.
This is not to say that we hate all humans. Some are quite nice and there are vampyre out there who do call humans they know, “family.” It is simply a matter of humans being an entirely separate species and it is how the human species behaves in a general negative and very aggressive way that the vampyre are opposed to.
Can humans actually belong to a Royal Vampyric House?
Reverence for Cattle
Yes, we are aware of the cultural and religious implications in human cattle worship and the honor bestowed upon milk.
One should otherwise note, however, that outside of certain sects of Hinduism, the cow meat was offered sacrificially meat and not often consumed. Likewise, humans and domesticated animals were offered as sacrifice to the gods of many cultures. Outside of organ meat, werewolves did not typically eat whole humans, and vampyre generally only partook of the blood.
Note on family name Hines
One of my family names is Hines and it is said to have been derived from Hine.The family story was that the name was changed to Hines due to some threat by the Germans. No one has every clarified which Germans or during which time period. One reason might have been to avoid being seen as or referred to as kine.
A human could obviously try to claim that Hine is a take on Kine and, therefore, means cow or that we are human or something lesser. And it is an Old Middle English word for “servant or peasant” but also could mean lord or manager of a farm.
In German, the name simply means “of Heinrich.” And in Gaelic, the word means “ivy.”
Hine is more likely derived from Hinn. One could see this as a twist on jinn or the Egyptian word for vessel.
Other contenders are the Old Swedish word “hin,” meaning “devil,” or the old Norse word, “hin,” meaning “the other.”
Ultimately, one could arrive from “hin” to “hun” and the etymology of that word is unknown.
Interestingly, both Nike and Enki are anagrams for Kine. Another tie between kine and humans is that in Fula, the term is related to Adamawa. And, as you likely recall, the name for Eve is Hawa.