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Where did Dracula originate from?

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2013-11-01 18:56:31

Briefly: the original historical Dracula philosophy comes

from South-Eastern Europe, Romania. It was then used as a source of

inspiration to Bram Stoker's delightful book 'Dracula'.

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The story of Dracula was born, edited and partly based on

South Eastern European culture. 'Dracula' novel was written by Bram

Stoker, who spent several years researching South Eastern Europe's

folklore, geography and stories about zburători

(night-flying dead) and vampiri (vampires) and thus became

addicted to the local mythology and especially to the word

dracul. This word originates from the Romanian language,

basically meaning 'the devil'. It is also frequently used as to

define 'dragon'.

The fictional (made-up) character of Dracula is inspired from

bloodthirsty ruler Vlad Țepeș that lived in Romania, Eastern

Europe, between 1431 and 1476. His name was originally Vlad III,

Prince of Wallachia and Transylvania - middle and southern parts of

Romania. He was also known as Vlad III Drăculea, as

nicknamed by his father.

Vlad Țepeș father's name was called Vlad II Dracul

(no 'a' at the end), he was a member of a secret knight fraternity

called The Order of the Dragon, protecting European freedom

and Christianity from Turkish and Muslim invasions. As a son of

Vlad Dracul, little Vlad Țepeș was nicknamed Drăculea, which in

Romanian language translates 'the son of the devil'.

Vlad III Țepeș (Drăculea) is most famously known as

'Vlad the Impaler'. He was called so due to his

preferred method of executing bad people, boyars and invaders (by

leaving them die slowly, while impaled on sticks).

The beautiful book 'Dracula' is a nice fictive story, based on

inspirational fantasy. Historians argue that Bram Stoker knew

little of real historical character Vlad III Țepeș

(Drăculea), except for his nickname. In his fictional book,

Stoker includes no real details about Vlad's reign and does not

mention his use of impalement.

Summary:

Where did Dracula originate from?

Dracula relates to South-Eastern Europe, Romania. It was

firstly a Romanian ruler to be called 'Drăculea' (Vlad III Țepeș

of Transylvania and Wallachia). His bloody personality inspired

Bram Stoker to write the book 'Dracula'. The book is based on

inspirational fantasy and does not relate on true facts.

Romania.


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