July 31st, 2011, 4:03 am

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raluca-z, July 31st, 2011, 4:15 am     Reply

On moroi, strigoi and the such

Baba, or better known as Saint Sunday, mentions otherworldly creatures that might haunt people so I thought a bit of explaining was entitled, this time via wikipedia:

" A "moroi" (sometimes "moroii" in modern fiction; pl. "moroi") is a type of vampire or ghost in Romanian folklore. A female "moroi" is called a "moroaică" (pl. "moroaice"). In some versions, a "moroi" is a phantom of a dead person which leaves the grave to draw energy from the living.

"Moroi" are often associated with other figures in Romanian folklore, such as: "strigoi" (another type of vampire), "vârcolac" (werewolf), or "pricolici" (werewolf). "Morois" are also known as mortal vampires, whereas "strigoi" are immortal vampires.

They are also sometimes referred to in modern myth as the live-born offspring of two "strigoi". It may signify an infant who died before being baptized. The origins of the term "moroi" are unclear, but it is thought by the Romanian Academy[1][2] to have possibly originated from the Old Slavonic word "mora" ("nightmare"). It also resembles the word "mort" (dead).

The concept of "Moroi" and "Strigoi" were fictionalized in many novels (notably Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead) but less so than the usual "vampire". "

And let's not forget a classic Bram Stoker's Dracula, set in Transylvania in the 19th century. From here Vlad Tepes, also known as Vlad Dracul (Vlad the Devil)became the image of Dracula. For most of Romanians it's a gross misunderstanding of a historical figure. Vlad Tepes is no vampire and was never, in his period, referred to as Dracula.

Offtopic but wanted to set the records straight on a famous vampire in Romanian folklore.

If time allows me, I'll probably do a story on vampires as they really are seen in our culture.

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Cannetella, July 31st, 2011, 8:52 am     Reply

This is why you always listen to your elders!

irys_rocker_thornz, July 31st, 2011, 9:50 pm     Reply

I always fancied myself knowledgeable in folklore/fairytales but I gotta say I learn a lot of things fro your story and more in depth comments. Bravo you surely do your research and to me that what makes the story more engaging

raluca-z, August 4th, 2011, 10:31 am     Reply

@Cannetella - disobeying the elders is always a bad thing to do in most fairytales involving children. Usually the protagonist ends up in a lot of trouble.

@irys_rocker_thornz - This is educational part of the series, the comments or better said notes on the Romanian folklore. You can read the stories like a fantasy-adventure story or you can read it together with the notes and get the historical and folklore bits together.

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