posted on May, 14 2004 @ 12:57 PM
I would like to disperse some false ideas about Dracula and Judas. It is true that there is a lot in common about the two historic figures, but none
of them was really a vampire. Most of the stuff quoted from the New Testament is metaphorical, while Vlad Tsepesh Dracul was only a blood-thirsty
warrior protecting his people from the Turks. As many great writers do, Bram Stoker combined history with myth. It was convenient to him to link a
Transylvanian ruler with a Serbian myth, as at the time most of the Westerners called the whole area simply "The Balkans". Vampire (vampir-
pronounced something like vum-peer) is a Serbian word and is a part of the local folklore, along with werewolves, since the 12th century when the
Serbs came to the Balkans from Middle Asia.