Think vampires are all the same? Think again! Vampires come in more flavors than Baskin-Robbins ice cream. So, this special DotW feature, Vampires we know and love, spotlights different kinds of bloodsucking fiends from around the world.
Surprise! Were you expecting a ghoul? That’s because I told you that’s what I was doing next in the Asmodeus post.
Why the change? One of the reasons I started this blog is because there’s been a lot of interest in the paranormal in fiction and movies lately, but I find that people tend to just kind of make stuff up instead of doing a bit of research. Don’t get me wrong, I love Twilight and True Blood, but when I hear that a movie has a vampire in it, I say “What kind of vampire?” Are we talking about a Tlahuelpuchi? A Kozlak? A Vetal? A Yuruga?” (Well, okay it’s not going to be a Yuruga.)
Unfortunately, that’s all the info I have. Nothing on when it’s opening. But read about the Strigoi below, and watch the trailer when you’re done.
A section of Romania used to be Transylvania, so of course they’ve got some of their own vampire lore. Strigoi (Say it with me, “Strigoi.” Isn’t that great?) are restless dead who suck living blood. They are also living male witches. Bit confusing.
You can become a strigoi if you die having offended your parents (and they don’t forgive you), if a cat walks over your grave, or if you don’t get married before you die.
That last one is my favorite. And it’s the reason that some corpses were ‘married,’ post-mortem.
You can kill a strigoi in lots of different ways that involve mutilating the corpse yadda yadda yadda.
But there’s another way to deal with a strigoi, and it’s the one I completely recommend.
Get the corpse drunk.
Yeah, you read that right. What you do is bury a bottle of whiskey with the body. The strigoi will drink it, get confused, and stay put.
And isn’t that best for everyone involved?
Strigoi the movie
- Rosemary Guiley, Encyclopedia of Vampires, Werewolves, and Other Monsters, Checkmark Books, 2005