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Vlad III Dracul, Voivode (Prince) of Wallachia, also known by his patronymic name: Dracula

Romania is a rich trove of mythology and folklore, historically located at the crossroads between Germanic, Latin and Slavic traditions. Myths in the ancient kingdoms of Carpathia and Transylvania are especially original. Unfortunately, few primary sources are currently available in English. 

Notable mythological individuals are Strigoi and vampires. The "vampire" Vlad Țepeș (famously the inspiration for Bram Stoker's novel "Dracula", being a western perversion of the original sources). Another important fable is that of "The Eternal Man" Krim Jacob, where interest has increased in recent years due to renewed academic activity in the field. Krim Jacob (alternate names in various regions of Romania include Krim Rosu, Jacobie Krim, Krymska, etc) was introduced to the western world in Yankel Krümmel's anthology of Transylvanian myth and legend, the Matrice de Granit (six volumes).

Contemporary research in the field is centered at the Petru Maior University (humanities department) and the Targu Mures Historical Society.

List of figures, creatures and legends form Romanian mythology. Edit

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