How will you describe a vampire? They have fangs, do not like sunlight, drink human blood, and have heightened senses. Vampires can be warded off with garlic or can be killed with a stake through the heart, and they live in castles. They roam at night for blood to feed upon. But are vampires real? Or is it just a myth?
Every culture has its own type of myth related to vampires and it is hard to find the exact time it was created. So if it is really a myth, why was the concept “Vampire” formed? What was the real reason? Continue reading to know the answers to all these questions.
Vampires are commonly known by many people. You would have seen them in movies, books, and tv shows. You can even find vampire costumes and vampire makeups to wear on Halloween days. But even the admires of vampires recognize the vampires to be fictional. But there was a time where people had real fears about falling prey to them at night. People kept their families safe from these vampires.
How vampires were formed?
Although the concept is fiction, it was formed due to real historical incidents. The world’s most famous Vampire was created by inspiring the acts of bloodthirst by the medieval prince called Vlad the Impaler. He was a famous ruler of Wallachia who later became the inspiration of Dracula in a novel published in 1897.
Who is Vlad the Impaler?
He is also known as Vlad III, the prince of Wallachiain what today is Romania in southeast Europe. Although he was recognized as the cruelest ruler, many Romanians viewed him as a national hero and he was one of the most respected rulers of Wallachia.
He was born in 1431 in Sighisoara Citadel, Vlad III, and later known as Vlad the Impaler. He was the son of Vlad II Dracul. The young Vlad spent his first few years in the Saxon town of Sighisoara with his family. During that, there was a conflict between Ottaman and Transylvania and so Vlad’s father Dracul refused to support Ottoman in capturing Transylvania. Ottomans ordered him to come to prove his loyalty and so Dracul departed with his sons Radu and son Vlad. But they were all prisoned.
Dracul was released by the end of the year, but his sons were kept as hostages. They warned Dracul to be loyal to Ottoman. Instead of keeping the sons in the prison, they trained both of them to be skilled warriors in harsh conditions.
The reason to train them was to form these two princes according to their culture so when the right time comes they would make them rule Wallachia so that they would be loyal to Ottaman, instead of protesting against them.
But by time, Vlad’s brother Radu, the handsome Prince became very close to the Ottoman king and had an intimate relationship. But Vlad was disgusted by this and so his hate on the Ottoman Empire became strong. He learned the arts of combat. As he grew, seeing all those years of how ottomans destroyed his family made him do whatever he can to destroy ottomans.
In the year 1447, his father died by betrayal. And so Vlad was set free but then he found that his father’s death was influenced by the decisions of normal families. He decided to revenge everyone’s atrocities. He came to rule at the age of 17, and after so many struggles he became a fearless and merciless leader. He became a cruel, sadistic, and violent ruler. In order to protect his country, he punished the criminals by torturing them.
The criminals were boiled, skinned, hanged, burned alive, buried alive, stabbed, and were roasted. His enemies feared him as he was revengeful. He even decided to revenge on the noble families who betrayed his father. He killed them by impaling over 500 noblemen along with their families.
Why is he seen as a Vampire?
He was portrayed in horrifying postures which disgusted the entire Europe. He was seen as a sadist, who drinks the blood of his enemies, enjoyed torturing people, and watched dead bodies hanging while serving his meals. He was blamed for eating human flesh. This is said to be a rumor of the descendants of his enemies. But no one was sure if they were completely false or not.
In total, it is estimated that Vlad has killed about 80,000 people through various means. And 20,000 people were impaled and put on display outside the city of Targoviste. It was disgusting to see thousands of decaying bodies for the invading Ottoman Sultan Mehmed II.
In 1476, when Vlad marched to a battle with the Ottomans, he was killed and some reports say that his head was given to Mehmed II in Constantinople as a trophy to display above the city gate. He gets the credit for being the reason for creating stories that are filled with excitement and terror. A novel was written changing the lives of vampires and the status of Romania that rapidly came out of the crowd to become the country of vampires. The life and places of Vlad the impaler are not seen as the real roots of Dracula.
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