To many people vampires are nothing more than gnomes or fairies, but for others they are as real as humans.
A small village called Zarozje, on the western side of Serbian, is currently bracing itself to guard against a centuries old vampire that is reportedly on the loose. Inhabitants of Zarozje are convinced that the vampire, who goes by the name of Sava Savanovic, is back from the dead and wandering in the forests nearby.
The inhabitants of Zarozje are taking the threat very seriously and have even devised ways to save themselves from Sava Savanovic. Villagers have taken to carrying garlic, crosses and wooden stakes to ward off the vampire in case he makes up his mind to suck some human blood. A local council has also warned the villagers to carry these things with them at all times and not to go venturing into the dark alone.
So far, there is no evidence that this vampire exists and many people are saying that the villagers are only making the story up to attract tourists. Many Balkan countries have been associated with vampires and Draculas and Romania's Transylvanian region has attracted tourists for years with tales associated to Dracula. The region has really benefitted economically from such tales.
However, the people of Zarozje believe these tales to be very true and they maintain that Sava Savanovic is the most ancient vampire of this region.
“The story of Sava Savanovic is a legend, but strange things did occur in these parts back in the old days,” said 55-year-old housewife Milka Prokic, according to msn.com. “We have inherited this legend from our ancestors, and we keep it alive for the younger generations."
According to the stories of the villagers, Sava Savanovic reportedly drank the blood of all those people who wandered into his small house in the dense forest located on a mountain near Rogatica River.
Legend has it that the vampire was then hunted down by the locals and a stake was drawn thought his heart, but that he managed to live on in spirit as a butterfly. However, he only became enraged recently when his old house was destroyed a few months back and since then he has been creating quite a scare in the region.
Whether this tale is true or not, is yet to be seen but in the mean time the Serbian region will definitely benefit from this sudden popularity.