Reading ‘Searching for Dracula in Romania’

Nov 18, 13 • BlogNo CommentsRead More »


A Book Review by Marius-Constantin Popa

As I was reading thos book, I have learned, among other things, about Transylvanian people’s horrible and habit of stabbing their departed’s hearts in order to get rid of their haunting ghosts. As far as occult practices (like this one) are concerned, I am tempted to think that the Romanian people have forgotten their apostolic roots and started to be too self-confident instead of asking for God Almighty’s help. I do not know if somebody else has realized it, but the Romanians have gone mad completely since the failed Uprising of 1989. They seem to feel no remorse for killing their ruler and claiming it was about the will of the people. The uprising was actually imposed from outside the borders of the country because Ceausescu prevented them from putting into practice their plans to appoint their ruler, who had to play the part of a puppet, whom they could control easily. In addition, the so-called uprising of 1989 had to seem that it was about the will of the people, but it was actually about the game of the international powers.

After 1989, the customs of our people were gradually forgotten, more or less deliberately, being replaced by diabolical feasts. Why do we, the Romanian people, need such customs if we already have our nice Christian feasts, of which we were once very proud? As far as I am concerned, I noticed that our people is thirsting for foreign ‘traditions’, rather than observing their own in a proper way. One of these ‘feasts’ is just Halloween, which some people appreciate and observe every year and even make costumes for that night. I wonder whether we are not disliked by other people because we are always imitating their traditions instead of observing the nice ones we already have properly.

As far as Dracula is concerned, I think that he is rather a fictional character that appears in American movies about vampires, not a true historical character. Our Vlad the Impaler is a real human being, who lived and ruled over Wallachia during the 15th century. I think that Vlad the Impaler did his best for his time, punishing those who violated the law, and these punishments were inflicted because those people might have deserved them. Those punishments must be understood in the context of those times. Such practices might have been common for that period, but for these days, they might be considered taboos. Certainly, all periods of time faced evildoers, but they must be punished according to the period of time during which they live. Moreover, all periods of time had their persecutors, whose deeds were more or less ‘politically correct’. Consequently, Vlad the Impaler is unfairly associated with the image of Dracula.

In conclusion, this wonderful book deserves the maximum number of stars from me, for the ‘journey’ which it offers to the reader through the world of the once Prince Vlad the Impaler of Wallachia, who is unfairly associated with the image of Dracula, the character fabricated by the American movie industry, and imposed on our people, like all bad things that happen in this world and for which we are always judged by others that pretend to be stronger than us.