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Posted 08 October 2005 - 10:11 AM
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Posted 11 October 2005 - 02:38 PM
Vlad Dracolya, the fifteenth century voevod prince, also known as Vlad the Impaler, is best remembered as the inspiration for Bram Stoker's famous novel, Dracula. His true history, in fact, is far more facinating than any vampire story.
Vlad was born in the town of Sighisoara in the early forteen hundreds. He was the second son of the Prince of Wallachia, Vlad Dracul. The country of Wallachia was a principality, meaning that it was ruled by a prince, rather than a king. Dracul was a member of The Order of the Dragon (a position from which he derived his surname). The Order of the Dragon was a group of Slavic rulers and warlords who were sworn to uphold the Christian faith by fighting off the advancing Turks of the Ottoman Empire. Warfare was almost continuous in Wallachia and the surrounding areas at that period of history.
Posted 12 October 2005 - 08:44 AM
Posted 12 October 2005 - 09:10 AM
When I was a kid I used to dream about a vampire coming and turning me into one, too. Yes, yes, I was a weird kid I guess. But hey, the vampire was always a really hot guy if that makes any difference!
My mom was a little concerned - the 1st vampire movie I ever saw was the one with Lagossi (sp?), and I was about 6 years old.. I cried when they killed him at the end. I mean, I cried for an hour. lol.
I think there might be... Listen to this. My husband and I stayed out WAY too late in New Orleans and ended up getting a cab back to the hotel. I hop in the front seat (I like to ride next to the driver) and there he is.... Thick, wavy, dark hair to his shoulders, an absolutely beautiful smile, about 35 years old and one of those white pirate/vampire type shirts on. Oh my, he was beautiful. I'm seriously buzzed and I look at him and say "You're so beautiful, are you a vampire?"...lmbo My husband is rolling in the backseat he's laughing so hard". He smiled at me and winked and says "Jannetta, you know there aren't really any vampires.". Uh-huh!!! That is EXACTLY what a vampire would say! Ah... fond memories of New Orleans.
Posted 12 October 2005 - 10:48 AM
I also keep the hope that they are real and lurk somewhere in the shadows or better yet, mingle secretly amongst us mortals. I prefer the romanticized Anne Rice variety vamp to the ghoulish graveyard zoombie like one but vampires in any form have always and will always fascinate and captivate me.
There are medical conditions that might result in vampiric behaviour or appearance...
Porphyria, a rare disease characterized by irregularities in production of heme, an iron-rich pigment in blood. People with the more severe forms of porphyria are highly sensitive to sunlight, experience severe abdominal pain and may suffer from acute delirium. One possible treatment for porphyria in the past might have been to drink blood, to correct the imbalance in the body (though there's not clear evidence of this). Some porphyria sufferers do have reddish mouths and teeth, due to irregular production of the heme pigment. Porphyria is hereditary, so there may have been concentrations of sufferers in certain areas throughout history.
Catalepsy, a peculiar physical condition associated with epilepsy, schizophrenia and other disorders that affect the central nervous system. During a cataleptic episode, a person essentially freezes up: The muscles become rigid, so that the body is very stiff, and the heart rate and respiration slow down. Someone suffering from acute catalepsy could very well be mistaken for a corpse.
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Posted 12 October 2005 - 02:43 PM
I believe that medical conditions are coupled with the habits of vampire bats to produce the legend of human vampires.
Posted 12 October 2005 - 03:15 PM
Posted 14 October 2005 - 01:38 AM
Vlad was def an interesting character.......Turkish nobles once came to pay respects to him, but refused to remove their hats because it "was not their custom". Vlad ordered their hats nailed to their heads and sent them home. He kept a gold cup by a stream, for everyone to use to drink from. He was just daring someone to steal it, knowing the penalty.......Vlad once asked the poor of his village what their fondest wish was; "To be free of all cares, Lord", they said. He had a barn-like structure filled with sumptuous foods and drinks and invited as many of the poor as he could. After he watched them feasting awhile, he ordered the doors jammed shut and the place set on fire. "Now you are free of all your cares!" he reportedly said. One of his mistresses reported to Vlad that she was pregnant by him.....he ordered her slit open stem to stern so that "all could see where his seed lay". (no rivals to his throne!)
I truly wish vampires were real in the Louis and Lestat sense. I'd take up that life in a minute........
Posted 14 October 2005 - 01:41 AM
Posted 14 October 2005 - 01:12 PM
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Posted 14 October 2005 - 06:07 PM
Erzebet Bathory was just plain mentally ill, and a sadist to boot. Her antics just went way beyond anything I've read before, except for Vlad Tepes. Vlad's cruelty was borne out of being held captive, and constant war; Bathory's was just sheer delight in another person's pain. nugget: Bathory would force a servant to stand in the courtyard while she poured water over them, in the dead of winter. They turned to ice sculptures.
Posted 18 October 2005 - 06:54 PM
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