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Who is Van Helsing??


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Just wondering who the hell Van Helsing is. I think he was the man who killed off Vampires, but I"m not sure...probably wrong. Oh well :blink:
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ummm...I'm prtty sure Van Helsing was a cursed man that killed and destroied evil in general....anybody correct me if I'm wrong...= p
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Van Helsing was the head doctor in Bram Stoker's classic 'Dracula.' He could be thought of as the 'leader' of sorts in the plan to overthrow Dracula since he was the one who dug up all the 'theology' and 'history' of Dracula's vampiric nature.

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wow man that was beautiful and cool

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Van Helsing was the head doctor in Bram Stoker's classic 'Dracula.' He could be thought of as the 'leader' of sorts in the plan to overthrow Dracula since he was the one who dug up all the 'theology' and 'history' of Dracula's vampiric nature.

Exactly, but... I'm not sure that Stoker created Van Helsing.

Van Helsing is a VERY popular character, and is not limited to appearing in tales of Dracula to kill off vampires.

Then again, it could be that Stoker created the character of Van Helsing, which was then incorporated into other ideas and plots.

Like I said, I'm not quite sure.

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Hmmm...I honsetly couldn't say for sure either....but I do know that the Irish Mathematician Bram Stoker was the one who created Dracula and basically the whole concept of vampires, the story was inspired by the events of Vlad the Dracul (hence Dracula)
Being the geek that I am I have Dracula's castle and courtyard (my rendition, somewhat influenced by Hunedora Castle where Vlad ruled for a short time) tattooed all over my left arm, but that is another matter....
But anyways, Van Helsing (in the story Dracula) was a Dutch physician who 'supposedly' dug up all the facts about Dracula and Vampire anatomy and reactions (sunlight, crosses, garlic, don't invite a vampire into your house, all that superstitional stuff)
But I'm willing to bet since this book was written in 1897 (which was basically the origin of vampires, which basically spawned off all the vampire propoganda) that this is most likely where the name/character: 'Van Helsing' originated, but who knows, Kat's got a point, maybe 'Van Helsing' was based on a real-life character (as Vlad Dracul was to Dracula....)
Fuck I love Dracula, such a good book. I especially loved the parts (I gotta dig it up again, p.261 or something like that ion my hard-cover copy) that talked about how sorrow showed how much the victims valued each other....I'll grab it later....
I am such a geek....

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But I'm willing to bet since this book was written in 1897 (which was basically the origin of vampires, which basically spawned off all the vampire propoganda) that this is most likely where the name/character: 'Van Helsing' originated, but who knows, Kat's got a point, maybe 'Van Helsing' was based on a real-life character (as Vlad Dracul was to Dracula....)

Dracula was by no means the origin of vampire lore... Vampires, however diverse, have been around far longer than anyone can speculate. So many different cultures, from European, Indian (NOT Native American), to the Oriental, all have their myths and legends of the vampire.

True, Stoker certainly helped the popularity of vampires by giving everyone a solid image of the vampire with his book, and indirectly, the movie which spawned from it.

But Bram Stoker is nowhere even remotely near the origin of vampires. Before he'd written his book, I'm sure that had you asked 10 people what a vampire was, at least 9, if not all 10, would be able to tell you.

He is, however, a very talented writer, and I'm glad to see Dracula being recognized in today's society as a classic.

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wow you guys really hit it on the head on this one




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