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Where did the vampire myth originate?


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2011-10-17 02:15:47
2011-10-17 02:15:47

The mythological creature known as the vampire originated in the Balkans, likely ultimately inspired by older Sumerian myths.

Contrary to popular belief, Vlad Dracula had nothing to do with the myth. Vampires pre-dated him by centuries, and nobody, especially the Romanians, actually believed that he might have been a vampire until Bram Stoker's Dracula was released. Furthermore, Stoker had almost completed his book and had named his villain "Count Wampyr" when he discovered the Wallachian prince and decided to make some last-minute changes.

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