Underworld meets Van Helsing. Bram Stoker once predicted the end times unless the world guard itself from blood thirsting creatures sent from Hell, bent on stripping humanity of its very essence — the eternal soul. Just a portion of a day’s drive from Romania where in the fifteenth century, Vlad the Impaler ruled with the Order of the Dragon. Vlad was dubbed “Dracula” by towns folk because of his thirst for human blood, is a rural town in Serbia bracing for the return of the infamous archfiend better known as Dracula.
As far as Drac’s go, it is noted throughout history, Vlad would impale his victims, sometimes hundreds at a time, and have them lined up in the courtyard of his castle where he would enjoy his afternoon meals undisturbed while his skewered enemies would look upon him from their death stakes, sometimes Vlad would ridicule his so-called courtyard “guests” and partake in his daily victuals while his victims still clung to life.
The Telegraph, a UK newspaper, reported on Nov 30, 2012, the Village Council of a rural Serbian town sent out an emergency warning to its residents admonishing the residents advising “all villagers to place garlic on their doors and windows to ward off the legendary vampire, Sava Savanovic”.
It seems garlic is now a commodity, which is hard to come by in the rural village on the lookout for Sava Savanovic. The Romanian Times reported the ancient blood monger has been “reawakened after an old mill in which he was said to have lived collapsed recently”. The legend of Sava Savanovic predates Serbian folklore, so his actual origin has never been established.
The legend of Sava Savanovic tells of a fiend who once lived at a Mill, when the townsfolk came to mill their grain, Sava would drink their blood, draining their bodies of their very life’s blood, leaving behind a lifeless soulless carcass of a once living breathing being.
As 2013 approaches, it is difficult to understand how ancient folklore and mass hysteria could control an entire village of Serbians. Even the Mayor, Miodrag Vujetic, stated, “The villagers were fearful. People are worried, everyone knows the legend of this vampire and the thought that he is now homeless and looking for somewhere else and possibly other victims is terrifying people.” Mayor Vujetic says in addition to placing garlic in every window and doorway, residents should “put a holy cross in every room (the Romanian Times).”
Perhaps the good folks in Serbia are no longer concerned with the Mayan agenda — the end of times and all. Truth be told, I rather prefer the pungent stench of garlic to the wasteful holiday spending when the world is going to end in less than a month. I wonder if Serbia’s Sava Savanovic has finished his holiday shopping? Lucky for him, he can do all his shopping at the local Blood Bank!
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