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Strigoi (aka Vampire) Fact of Fiction?
8/8/2012 12:47:09 PM
My experience with vampires while in Eastern Europe.
Strigoi: A Brief History and Overview
Hello and welcome back to my Strigoi Series Blog. Previously the key to my motivation was given to you, and you used it to discover the secrets behind my love affair with the vampire. www.kanewrites.com You also were given the name of the first real vampire on record. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elizabeth_Bathory I say real because Elizabeth’s life has been accurately recorded for all of us to note. Some of us will read in disbelief, others will marvel at her lust. Whichever category you find yourselves in, she did exist, and thus they exist.
Truly I say, vampires have lived with humankind for thousands of years. I discovered this fact when my research came across a word with a Eastern European origin, Ancient Romanji to be exact. A language you would call Romanian. Strigoi when translated means the troubled souls of of the dead rising from the grave. Familiar? It should be. For, our immortal cousin is indeed troubled, hated, feared and hunted; and they do rise whether the moon is full or not. It is our life’s blood that remains their air, and without it, they will suffocate. Enough with my poetic prose, lets dive into the world of the Strigoi, shall we? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Strigoi
Strigoi wasn’t always synonymous with blood sucking immortals. No. It was Christendom's perversion of His inspired Word that married the notion of an immortal soul with the taking of the blood. Which is why the vampire folklore centered around symbols of the church and the power of holy water, crucifixes, and the invitation only assault by a vampire. You had to invite evil in for evil to enter. And the only way to keep it at bay, was to remain pure while carrying your garlic and your cross tightly within your palms.
I took these notions with me to the Mountainous regions surrounding Romania called Carpathian. I spoke to numerous natives of the lands and I must say they all had one thing in common: Strigoi was a topic of fear and was not to be discussed among the feeble hearted, nor the unholy. In the midst of the Carpathians, just beyond the borders of Bucharest, I spoke to an older woman who was a made a sold goat cheese along the dirt roads. My Romanian guide Nicu (Neeko) translated. I asked her about strigoi, and though I spoke no other Romanian words, her eyes grew wide and affixed on me as I spoke this one. She than began to ramble on and on as she packed her cheese away. Nicu told me what she said: “Strigoi is no laughing matter, nor a tale of untruth. It is why my family locks our doors at night after spilling goats blood at our doorsteps.” She then left as if we had the plague. Of course, this didn’t deter me. It infused me to want to know more, much more!
It seems during the 1800’s children were reported missing on an unusually large scale. Most were found dead after suffering unexplained blood loss. Days later, the very ones that had been buried would be seen by various loved ones wandering the night. This was reinforced by countless people visiting graves that were discovered empty upon closer inspection. Now, Initially, I didn’t believe this and chalked it up to “tall tales”, until I came across the priest from the Snagov Monastery in charge of keeping the grounds. Snagov Monastery is where the headless remains of Vlad Tepes rests. He said this to me: “Strigoi have plagued us from the beginning up to this day. Four years ago, the council gave its permission to dig up graves of the some strigoi. Once exposed to sun light, we were to cut off the head. And we did.” He gave me the location of the burial grounds which lay in the shadow of The Church of Sighisora (Vlad’s birth town). We went. We saw. We got proof. We ran! ￼￼
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JCIHD5rp_IU So you see, strigoi are never too far from us and thus we remain within their reach. Pray they be as nice as Edward and equally restraining. Yes my friends, I told you in my first post that we will go through this together. And together we shall.
Sweet dreams and blissful nightmares. www.aleron.co
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