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When did vampires become so popular and where did the term originate?

I am having a debate on what exactly made vampires so popular. I always thought it was because of Vlad Tepes and Elizabeth Bathory. Am I wrong? If so what's the real answer? What made vampires so popular that they became such a big deal? And also where did the term vampire come from?

7 Answers

  • ?
    Lv 4
    1 decade ago
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    The Oxford English Dictionary dates the first appearance of the word vampire in English from 1734, in a travelogue titled Travels of Three English Gentlemen published in the Harleian Miscellany in 1745.[12][13] Vampires had already been discussed in German literature.[14] After Austria gained control of northern Serbia and Oltenia in 1718, officials noted the local practice of exhuming bodies and "killing vampires".[14] These reports, prepared between 1725 and 1732, received widespread publicity.[14]

    The English term was derived (possibly via French vampyre) from the German Vampir, in turn derived in the early 18th century from the Serbian вампир/vampir.[15][16][17][18][19] when Arnold Paole, a purported vampire in Serbia was described during the time Serbia was incorporated into the Austrian Empire.

    The Serbian form has parallels in virtually all Slavic languages: Bulgarian вампир (vampir), Croatian upir /upirina, Czech and Slovak upír, Polish wąpierz, and (perhaps East Slavic-influenced) upiór, Finnish vampyyri, Ukrainian упир (upyr), Russian упырь (upyr'), Belarusian упыр (upyr), from Old East Slavic упирь (upir'). (Note that many of these languages have also borrowed forms such as "vampir/wampir" subsequently from the West; these are distinct from the original local words for the creature.) The exact etymology is unclear.[20] Among the proposed proto-Slavic forms are *ǫpyrь and *ǫpirь.[21] Another, less widespread theory, is that the Slavic languages have borrowed the word from a Turkic term for "witch" (e.g., Tatar ubyr).[21][22]

    The first recorded use of the Old Russian form Упирь (Upir') is commonly believed to be in a document dated 6555 (1047 AD).[23] It is a colophon in a manuscript of the Book of Psalms written by a priest who transcribed the book from Glagolitic into Cyrillic for the Novgorodian Prince Volodymyr Yaroslavovych.[24] The priest writes that his name is "Upir' Likhyi " (Оупирь Лихыи), which means something like "Wicked Vampire" or "Foul Vampire".[25] This apparently strange name has been cited as an example both of surviving paganism and of the use of nicknames as personal names.[26]

    Another early use of the Old Russian word is in the anti-pagan treatise "Word of Saint Grigoriy", dated variously to the 11th–13th centuries, where pagan worship of upyri is reported.[27][28]

    Why are they so popular? People enjoy fantasy.


    Source(s): Wikipedia.
  • 1 decade ago

    There are several "origins" of the vampire legend and each one differs from region to region. The most famous are those that began in eastern europe (romania and transylvania) and are indeed Vlad and Elizabeth. But they aren't the only ones. There have been stories about people rising from the dead and living off the blood of the living since man began to tell stories of what they didn't understand. There was a disease that attacked the blood and presented many of the different symptoms you associate with vampirism so that's what they called it. I don't remember what the disease is called or where the term came from but I know that the stories have been around for many generations.

    They started to become "popular" so to speak when Bram Stoker wrote his novel in the late 19th century. They really came into the main stream lime-light when Dracula was made into a movie, then Anne Rice's Vampire Chronicles were turned into movies (two of them, at least). Then the atrocity that is twilight came on the scene and it was all down hill from there.

    But, in truth, humanity has always been fascinated by the idea that there could be a dark and evil being coming in the dead of the night to steal their children and drain their loved ones of blood.

  • stults
    Lv 4
    5 years ago

    that is confusing to comprehend what you're after in the way you worded your question. What i will inform you that various the earliest legends of vampires come from Europe and from Slavic peoples inclusive of Russia, Romania, in actuality the Balkans frequently. mythical vampires are difficulty-free, i'm specific you have heard of count huge variety Dracula. What do you think of he would be? relatively authentic? even although the character of Dracula became in accordance with a authentic guy or woman named Vlad Tepev who became a Romanian prince hailed as the two hero and villian in his place of foundation. He became nicely accepted for scuffling with the Muslim Turks yet even although he became given to cruelty and brutality in extremes to his foes or perhaps very own countrymen. Vlad had a foul habit of impaling the human beings he fought against on large poles, as a result his nickname Vlad the Impaler. then you definitely've Elizabeth Bathory who became a countess, and he or she had youthful females killed to bathe of their blood thinking that this would make her perpetually youthful and beautiful. None of those 2 people who lived some time past by way of any potential are authentic vampires yet i'm only supplying you with a pair of examples of two of the main nicely accepted inspirations have been. desire this enables you extremely jointly with your paper.

  • ?
    Lv 7
    1 decade ago

    Vampires hit the mainstream after Bram Stoker wrote Dracula.

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  • 1 decade ago


  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Arent our governments and churches in effect like blood sucking vampires who live off the blood and sweat of the people?


  • one word. Twilight.

    Source(s): teen girls everywhere.
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