Transylvanian Vampires: Folktales of the Living Dead Retold
Authentic vampire tales exist in Transylvanian folklore—yet the Transylvanian vampire is nothing like the bloodthirsty count of Bram Stoker’s imagination or the romantic hero of popular fiction. The Romanian tradition reflects the norms of peasant life and wisdom embedded in age-old communities. This book consists of 21 narratives developed from brief accounts recorded by local anthropologists and historians from the late 19th and early 20th centuries. The goal is to capture the major themes found in the existing sources. The book also includes translations of 17 brief folk stories about Vlad Ţepeş, known as Dracula. Contrary to the prevailing fictive image, these stories portray Vlad as a wise although strict ruler and a proud defender of his country’s autonomy. An introduction discusses the Transylvanian village and its rich folk traditions, making explicit the comparison to the historic and to the fictional Dracula.
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Village Morality and the Danger from Vampires
Vampires Among Us
InterludeHow to Recognize a Vampire
Identifying and Eliminating Vampires
Vampires as Friends and Lovers
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