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Leslie O’Neil

Vampedia Entry 1

April 5, 2017

The Young Man and his Vampire Brother

The short story The Young Man and his Vampire Brother is very different compared to the other folk tales about vampires. The ending of this story is a fairytale because it is a story in which improbable events lead to a happy ending. To the boy, the vampire at the end of the story says “I have permission to stay on earth only for forty days. Today is the fortieth day, so I must return home.” Christianization affected Slavic mythology in a few ways. Vampires and werewolves replaced gods and goddesses. For Slavic people Christianity was more of an addition to their ancient beliefs than an actual replacement. For example, the vampire was on earth for forty days because Orthodox Christians believe the dead roam the earth for forty days before leaving for heaven.

Folklore expresses the history of Europe. It has been since around the 17th century that we have heard of vampires, and now we can compare how vampires have evolved.

During the time of folktales, many people created stories off of personal experience. For example when his stepmother kicks the boy out of his home. This shows that parents did not care for their children as much as they should have. The boy goes to a secluded bar and is sent to live in the fields. Europe is filled with lots of land and places that people do not know of. Fairytales have evolved over the years. Since the vampire in this story is seen as good, many films and television shows today have the same idea of keeping a vampire good rather than making them seem like a villain. The Young Man and his Vampire Brother is a great example as to why people will now consider vampires good instead of evil.

Course material sources:

https://arizona.hosted.panopto.com/Panopto/Pages/Sessions/List.aspx?embedded=1#folderID=%22ec3fc7a9-bde8-44ee-b197-2b8e666a8abe%22

https://d2l.arizona.edu/d2l/le/content/563364/fullscreen/4841306/View

Hyperlinks:

http://fairytalez.com/region/slavic/

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/science/science-news/6142964/Fairy-tales-have-ancient-origin.html

https://europeisnotdead.com/disco/books-of-europe/european-fairy-tales/

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