Vampire origin: The real story behind the legend of the vampire.
The real story of how vampire came to life is actually a story written history. It all goes all the way back to the 15th century, where a sinister man served his inspiration for Bram Stoker’s ‘Dracula’. There are twists and turns in the story and the things you knew about Vampire may not be true.
Did you know vampire-like creature date as far back in ancient Greece? While the bloodsucking characters like Dracula didn’t show their head until the 17th century. But it wasn’t until late 1800 when Bram Stoker decided to pave the way for Vampires we know today. According to historians, Bram took a liking to the certain 15th-century ruler who was known for the violent way he conquered his enemies.
‘Drac and the Devil’
The ruler’s nickname was ‘Vlad the Impaler’. You can probably figure out how he earned such a moniker. Vlad the 3rd hailed from modern-day ‘ Transylvania, Romania’. Like Bram Stoker’s Dracula, Vlad the 3rd was known for battling the Turks. But like Dracula, Vlad the 3rd never stepped in Transylvanian castle. So why this guy became known as Dracula in the first place.
Well, everything is in the blood. Vlad’s father was introduced in the order of Dragon in the 14th century. The club was basically like a modern-day men’s club, that served the king of Hungary. In this case, it was against Turks. So his father earned the name of ‘Dracul’ and Vlad became known as ‘Son of Dracul’. Pretty cool right. In Roman language ‘Drac’ translates for ‘Devil‘.
Now, how this sinister emperor becomes a Vampire. Well, it was all about Bram Stoker. He saw the translation of ‘drac to the devil’. As he decided that Dracula is a super cool name for his sinister antagonist. But the truth is the real Dracula was never a vampire nor was the devil. He was, on the other hand, was a Prince.
So this is the real story of Vampire. In the next post, we will be talking about the interesting connections and beliefs about vampires all around the world.