Are you planning a trip for the upcoming Christmas holiday? Well, if you are, and your destination is Zorazje, Serbia, take along some crosses and wooden stakes. The people of the small village warn that a vampire named Sava Savanovic has rising from his entombment, and is terrorizing the countryside.
You say, “I don’t believe in vampires!” As a matter of fact, I do not either, but something is causing a huge stir in the wooded mountains, surrounding this village, but why is it happening now?
The vampire scare came from reports by the locals that an old mill where the vampire was imprisoned, collapsed, and he was released into the countryside. The story of this incident has gone worldwide in the news, and according to ABC News, the town’s mayor, Miodrag Vujetic, said: “People are worried, everybody knows the legend of this vampire and the thought that he is now homeless and looking for somewhere else [to live] and possibly other victims is terrifying … “
They believe that he is on the move because the home he occupied for so long, a former water mill, recently collapsed. Savanovic is believed to be looking for a new home. Miodrag Vujetic, told ABC News. “We are all frightened.”
“People are very worried. Everybody knows the legend of this vampire and the thought that he is now homeless and looking for somewhere else and possibly other victims is terrifying people,”
Vujetic said, villagers are all taking every precaution, including carrying holy crosses, as well as, placing them above their doorways, along with garlic and other home remedies to keep the vampire away. He says, “I understand that people who live elsewhere in Serbia are laughing at our fears, but here most people have no doubt that vampires exist.
According to legend, Savanovic used this mill on the Rogacica River as bait to draw in his victims. They would come there to grind their grain and he would kill and drink their blood.
Slobodan Jagodic, whose family owned the mill for over 60 years went on to say,”We were welcoming tourists, but only during the day. Nobody ever overnighted there. We were too scared to repair it, and disturb Sava Savanovic, and it is even worse now that it collapsed due to lack of repair.”
The residents of Zarozje will have to be extra careful to ward off the vampire for the next 7 months, since local legend holds that vampires are most active between Christmas and the Feast of the Ascension on June 7.
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Until next time, we will let the “world turn onto our next destinations.”