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Myths About Dracula And Vampires

Updated on October 22, 2011

You must have heard about vampires and Dracula. You must have also seen their movies or read books about them. Are they myth or reality? Is there anything such as a vampire or Dracula? Those of you who are superstitious might say they are real, but those of you who are not will say they are myth. Let's read how they were conceived, what they are afraid of and even how to become one.

How they started?

In 1897, an Irish writer, Bram Stoker published a book. It was about a Count who lived in a large abandoned castle and sucked people's blood by biting them with his long canine teeth. The book was called Count Dracula. This book was the beginning of a legend, Dracula. Authors around the world started to write stories about this blood-sucking creature. It is said that the writer, Bram Stoker got the idea from a forgotten creature, called Vlad the Impaler or Vlad Dracula.

About the vampire: Vlad the Impaler

The word Vampire came into the English language in 1732, through an English translation of a German report of a much-publicized vampire staking in Serbia. The fear of vampires was so widely spread that even some government officials went out hunting and placing stakes on vampires. This scare was responsible for England's current vampire myths. However, vampire myths go back thousands of years and occur in almost every culture around the world.

The different legends portray many varieties of vampires, from glowing red-eyed monsters with green or pink hair as in China, to the Greek Lamia, which has the upper body of a woman and the lower body of a winged serpent. Japan believes in vampire foxes and Malaysia has its own version with trailing entrails known as Penanggalang.

The most common legend as portrayed in films and on television is of a blood drinking man who has the ability to change into a bat at will, wears a black cape with a suit underneath, has black jelled back hair and not to forget, has fangs in his mouth. He preys on his human victims at night, biting and sucking the blood from blood vessels in the side of the neck. He is an undead creature who cannot stand the sunlight, and usually sleeps in a coffin in the basement of an old mansion or a castle.

A vampire story

The first case took place in the mid 1700s. Peter Plogojowitz was a Serbian peasant who lived in the village of Kisilova, in the Rahm district. He died at the age of 62 and lay in his grave for 10 weeks when villagers reported seeing him at night. They claimed that he came to their beds at night and attacked them. Nine people died within a week. His wife then claimed to have seen him. The woman was extremely scared and quickly left the village.

It was then decided to dig up Plogojowitz's body to dispose of him and stop his night-time attacks. Once the body was dug up, people noticed that the body was odour-free with little, if no decomposition at all. The only thing that was decomposed was the nose and the skin - but the strange thing was that his skin was regrowing and new skin could be seen where the old had fallen away! The same was for his nails. There was also blood flowing from his mouth. They quickly destroyed the Vampires' body by driving a wooden stake through his heart, at which point it was said that fresh blood gushed from his body. There is also some talk of the body containing some other "wild signs", but it's not clear what these were. The body was then burnt and luckily there were no more attacks on the villagers.

How to ward off or kill a vampire?

  • Garlic - will ward off
  • Wooden stake through the heart - will kill
  • Decapitation of the head - will kill
  • Sunlight/fire - will burn and kill
  • Nailing clothes to coffin walls - will ward off
  • Falling snow - will burn and kill
  • Rain or running water (rivers) - will burn and kill.
  • A vampire cannot and will not drink the blood of the dead if he knows what's good for him (slightly deadly too).

How to become a vampire?

  • A cat jumping over the corpse turns the dead body into a vampire.
  • To be bitten by a vampire - will turn you into one (of course)
  • Having red hair
  • Wild dogs jumping over a dead body

After reading all these stories and writing this article, I don't want to be one of them. Happy blood drinking!

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      Lolla 5 years ago

      Hahaha honestly think there is truth to vampires excisting, but not in the way hollywood tries to potray it to us! An that's the only reason i could imagine ever for anyone to want to become a vampire ( to get that sexy sparkling hunk bhahaha)but ya sriously some of your facts were straneg but very nice reading material thanks :) i believe in all things paranormal and c myself as a very spiritual person so ya theirs allot out there that ppl don't understand or was tought not to ....So i say believe !!! at the end of the the only truth we know is the truth within ourselfs.... blessed be!

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      awesome 5 years ago

      AWESOME!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Speculations and rumors go deep on this subject, some say Stoker used his brilliant imagination to make a "myth" like no other, or possibly just to make a good story. Myths however are almost always made from real life accounts. i wont go into details though, vampires would have to have, say a chemical compound of some sort that can be transferred by DNA (saliva into bloodstream) hence the "myth" that silver can burn them, since silver has certain compounds that don't react well with other compounds. Garlic, well goes good with pizza. The mirror thing could possibly be done by somehow refracting the light in such a manner that they cannot be picked out by cameras, mirrors, anything in that section. im done here, nobody will most likely read this anyway. Happy Hunting

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      Stephanie stile 5 years ago

      Listen, I love vampires and I am cristian. If u guys want to be a vampire, go on YouTube and look up vampire spells. And water, fire and sun cannot kill them. It only slightly hurts. I am not sure if I will do the spell, because if vampires go to hell I will burn up so...

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      Anca 5 years ago

      Vlad wasn't a vampire...he was just a normal man...his father's name was Vlad Dracul...but he WASN'T A VAMPIRE...it's just a name...it was just his father's name...this is all...

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      wolf 5 years ago

      so i do think that vamps r real but if ur not a red head (ginger) then i think that u will have to get bit by a ginger or a vampire that go bit by 1 be4. so i say that gingers r the only vamps that can live 4ever or if they choose they stop growing and be 13 their hole life. so i am a ginger but it doesn't mean that we have no souls, as soon a gingers stop their life a human and become a vamp their soul will stop where their pretend human life stoped. so now i tell u that i don't think it was Duracula the Vamp but it was gingers that started it all when we where born w/ the way we came our of our mothers wombs. so i can say 4 myself and some other gingers i no that gingers r very aggrisive in some ways. so i started 2 c if blood tasted good (i ve read soo many vampire books and gossip that gingers r vamps) so i have pimples next 2 my mouth and i will pick them and then drink the blood, after a while an hr or 2 later my throught will get dry in the inside and i don't usually do this but i might pick another pimple 2 make my thorught feel better. so i still think that VAMPRIES ARE REAL, ESCALPLY IN GINGERS. so that is the end of my story so thanks 4 listin.

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      Salina 5 years ago

      real or not! they can exist only if they want to and if not there is no use beleiving in their existence. all I can say is that they are known every where but never proved, wait and watch, only time will tell.

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      humanbeing 5 years ago

      I've seen the real Chinese Vampire which is kinda different from Western Dracula / Vampire.

      In fact, I feel surprise that Western Vampire is much more Trending and nice dressing...haha...

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      LivingSun 6 years ago

      wow. This information is wrong. Garlic can't kill. Water can't kill. Looks like someone has to do some more research. Being a huge vampire lover, i will say that this is false. Redheads are not vampires!

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      Leo 6 years ago

      I have always wanted to become a vampire . To many films i guess and that programe young dracula .

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      Reglia 6 years ago

      hahaha Im from Serbia ,never heard of this story and this placce where was Petar or Peter in Englesh,doesent exist.

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      harry 6 years ago

      if u are a vampire then let me know where I can find one for help so that i can become a vampire....

      i want to become one....

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      me 6 years ago

      I have red hair, so does that mean I'm a vampire?

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      Bobby 6 years ago

      Researched this & half is false. gingers aint vampires. more research needed mate!

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      jyotiiiiiiii 6 years ago

      hey whazzz up ! i really wants a vampire coze they riving me crazy

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      6 years ago

      there are only 3 ways to become a vampire I know caus I am one

      -be borne one

      -get bit by one

      -go to hell and get reserected as one

      p.s. theirs a vampire war between birth and hell

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      AKASH 6 years ago

      I WANT TO BECOME ONE OF THEM.....

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      Karen 6 years ago

      Gotta Laugh, I have red hair does that mean I'm a vampire, if so! That could explain why I like to give hickies!!! Bring on the Blood!!!

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      james 6 years ago

      thanx this is helping me with my speech

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      SaidVamp 7 years ago

      um... dracula's layer was on a mountain in Van Helsing (?)and he didn't die. also, running water will prevent us from crossing it, not kill us. though we can drowned. gingers don't turn into vamps, neather with the cat or dog thing... one has to be bitten or be infected with vamp dna.

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      Alexander V. 7 years ago

      Actually it was Vlad Tepes The Impaler ... or Vlad al Draculea or Vlad Dracul .... Dracul meaning the Devil in Romanian :) I should know... i was born there get your facts straight buddy

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      KenWu 7 years ago from Malaysia

      Is the Peter Plogojowitz story true or simply a myth? It would be a waste to destroy it if it was real, at least we could know more about this blood creature.

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      sunny 7 years ago

      hmm... well aftter the outcomes of "twilight" and "Vampire Knight" more and more ppl started likeing Vamps but learn the facts man,

      1. Having red hair doesn't make u a vamp.

      2. garlic does NOT kill

      3. F*** that about the coffins X(

      4. feel sad for the Christians ( wooden crosses)

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      hassam 7 years ago from Pakistan

      Thanks for reading and appreciating. I too would be looking forward to read your research on this topic and also your hubs too!

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      Larry Ray Palmer 7 years ago from Macon, Missouri

      Interesting piece but vampires exist is culture way before the Bram Stroker novel.... Almost every culture has tales and legends of vampires in one form or another. They are even mentioned in the bible. Vampire legend even predates the bible itself. (For more info, Google Adam's supposed first wife, Lillith.)

      I have a report I wrote a few years ago that was almost 30 pages on the subject. I will have to dig it up and send it to you when I get my other machine running again.

      All in all, you have a nice writing style and I look forward to reading more from you.

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      ben 8 years ago

      how did you now this.

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      Ayesha08 8 years ago from Saudi Arabia

      Seems like you did quite a research on vampires.... I want to become one as well :)

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      kels 8 years ago

      Ok one: Water and snow cannot kill a vampire seriously

      two: if having red hair turned someone into a vampire, that means gingers will take over the world which sucks *bad pun*

      three: i am pretty sure you can only be turned into a vampire if the one who sucks your blood doesn't take it all...which is rare, which is why the world isn't overrun by vampires at the moment

      Four: garlic can't kill

      Five: sorry if i sound really annoying, but i am writing a paper on it and i am sitting class bored out of my mind so this gives me something to do

      Six: yes. before you write stuff like this do a little research on the origins

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      olivia 8 years ago

      come on , wheres the good part?

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      someone 8 years ago

      come on people water cant kill duhhhh

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      Penanggal 8 years ago

      I'm one of it. really...

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      anon 8 years ago

      Garlic cannot ward off vampire

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      azarel 8 years ago

      COme on

      i Want MORe!!!!

      (ps. i AM A vamPire

      mY seLf aND NOne Of This iS trUe.

      CaLL mE fOr An iNtervieW!!

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      Aimee 8 years ago

      its not penanggalang...penanggal

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      simona 9 years ago

      Come on.

      Why all the stranger people are saying that Vlad was a vampire Fals.

      It's a think that started from a mad german hwo was in the search of fame here in Romania. Vlad Tepes on his name was a grate leader of his country. Sever but mighty. The legend sais that in those times after several years of guidence he left a glass made from gold on the side of a fountain and it never was never stollen.

      Please people, before you write such thinks learn a little bit of our history.

      Do some research.

      Thank you for you're patience!