If You’re Going to Serbia, Take Some Garlic

At least if you’re going to Zarozje, a tiny hamlet in Western Serbia. A local council has warned residents to hang crosses in their rooms and carry garlic to ward of the vampire, Sava Savanovic. According to legend, the vampire lived, and killed, in a small mill, which has recently collapsed. With his den in ruins, the vampire is said to be seeking a new home.

While foreigners are laughing, some of the locals aren’t. Miodrag Vujetic, a local municipal council member, has reportedly said, “Five people have recently died one after another in our small community, one hanging himself. This is not by accident.” Milka Prokic,a local housewife, had this to say, “The story of Sava Savanovic is a legend, but strange things did occur in these parts back in the old days.”

Of course, there are always the tourists to consider. Vampires are a popular, pop culture icon at the moment, and the idea that paranormal lovers might flock to the area has crossed the locals’ minds.
As Vujetic has said, “If Romanians could profit on the Dracula legend with the tourists visiting Transylvania, why can’t we do the same with Sava?”

So, is it a tourist trick, or is the tiny hamlet really besieged by a homeless vampire looking for victims? If your Holiday travel plans involve a stay in this are you might want to take some garlic. Just in case. 

For more info check out: ABC news story

Thanks to Angie Bailey for the story! Check out her blog at http://lariatsandlavender.blogspot.com/ where she has Vampirism Mondays every week!

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  1. I wouldn’t waste garlic on a vampire. perhaps stake.

  2. Interesting article. One never knows, does one? Well, luckily, I’m not traveling there.

  3. Hmmm – I think I’ll give that one a miss – like Roger I’ll fry the garlic instead with my supper!


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