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The Russian Fairy-tale: The Sorceress

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The Russian Fairy-tale: The Sorceress tells the story of a priest's son and the king's daughter. The was an old woman who taught the boy how to read and one day after a late session, we passed by the king's castle where he saw the king's daughter through a window. He witnessed the princess take off her head and wash it, comb her hair and then braid it before putting it back on her neck. The boy marveled at the princess's magic and told everyone what he has seen. The princess had fallen ill after the events and requested that if she were to die, to make the priest's son read the psalter over her for three nights. When the princess died, the king granted her dying wish and summoned the priest to have his son read psalter over the princess.

The next morning at the priest's son's lesson, the boy told the old lady that he is to perish because he must read the psalter over the princess. The old woman acknowledged the fact that the princess was a sorceress and told him how to survive the following days. She gave him a knife to make a circle around himself as he reads the psalter and warned him to not look behind himself as he reads. The boy followed his teacher's instructions as he read over the princess. At midnight, the princess's coffin opened and she jumped out and exclaimed that he will pay for looking into her window and gossiping to people of what he saw. She hurled at him, but could not pass the circle. The princess began to let loose terrors in order to frighten the boy, but he followed the old woman's instructions and continued reading without looking back and at daybreak, she scurried back into her coffin. He continued the process on the second day and on the third day, the old woman gave him a hammer and nails to nail down the princess's coffin. The previous events occurred once again with greater terrors. The next morning, the king found the coffin opened and the princess laying face down. The priest's son explained the situation and the king ordered an aspen spike to be thrust in the sorceress's chest and then buried in the ground. The priest's son was rewarded with money and land.

The Sorceress, Original Vampires, and Vampires Today Edit

Although the princess does not hold the title of "Vampire" she hold similar qualities that vampires have. We see in the tale of Dracula a man that possesses magical powers of shape shifting and immortality. The sorceress holds the quality of immortality and a different form of shape shifting when she is able to remove her head. These qualities are also found in the modern Vampire such as Twilight's vampire's immortality trait and Hotel Transylvania's vampire's immortality and majestic traits. The princess's weakness follow those of a typical vampire: sunlight and a stake to the heart. While Twilight's vampires carry modified versions of these weaknesses, other vampires found in media such as Buffy the Vampire Slayer and The Vampire Diaries hold the exact same weakness of sunlight and the steak. The princess's weakness from the circle the the boy drew with the knife bares resemblance to the effects of hindering objects such as garlic, a crucifix, and being invited inside a household.

References Edit

Stoker, Bram. Dracula. 1897. New York: Oxford University Press, 1990

Warner Bros. The Vampire Diaries. (Burbank,Calif.). 2010. Television.

Fox. Buffy the Vampire Slayer. (Torrance, Calif.). 1997. Television.

Columbia Pictures. Hotel Transylvania. 2012. Film.

Pantheon Books. Russian Fairy Tales. 1945. Print.

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