The Germans tell stories of Weir Wolves, of giant wolves that become men during the day. If you study European ancient history, there was a group of people in Europe who were there originally, before any other people got there who used to dress up as wolves, and they were close enough to Germany to give them problems. These people were the Dacians, the original Romanians before the Roman empire conquered Romania. The Dacians were part of the Thracians, and if you study, they were part of the old Grecian empire. They actually didn’t have the black hair that the Romanians have today, but they had blonde hair, and they killed wolves and wore wolves heads on their head and wolves skins.
These Dacians were barbaric warriors feared by all. They worships a sky god that was a snake they called Zalmoxis. Originally, though, their god was a great white wolf who lived way up in the mountains where they couldn’t go they equated with the Greek god Zues who lived way up high in the mountains away from everyone, and the son of Zues, Apollo, was supposed to live over on the Black Sea that separates Romania from Turkey. However, the snake god, Zalmoxis, replaced the great white wolf in time even though they told tales of the great white wolf fighting on their side. The great white wolf legends didn’t completely go away, though. He was just demoted in their pantheon to second place when Zalmoxis was put in first place. When the Romans went into old Dacia (where modern day Romania is) they told of a flag the Dacians carried. It had the head of a wolf and the body of a snake. The Romans thought it was a dragon. The Dacians called it Draco which means devil in Romanian. The Draco flag seemed to be designed to scare the rest of the Europeans the Dacians went to war with, and it did. Perhaps Draco is where we got the word for dragon because “the devil” in Romanian is Dracul.
And again, you see the similarity now from Dracul to Dracula. I have read where people have written that Dracula means “the son of the Devil,” but that “a” is not a modern day declension in Romanian except to make something feminine. The story of Dracula was written by Bram Stoker, an Englishman and published in 1897. There is always the possibility that since he was British he messed the original up because we English speakers are famous for destroying words from other languages. If you want to say that someone is “of the Devil” in Romanian, you say “Dracului,” and that is probably the original word that an Englishman heard that gave Brams Stoker the name “Dracula.”
If you read back through my blogs, you will see where I visited a place known as Dracula’s castle in Transylvania, in the heart of Romania, where the even more ancient than Dracula, Dacians lived. There was a man they called Dracula. His name is Vlad Tepis (Pronounced Tsepish). He was a Transylvanian prince who killed a lot of people with wooden stakes as revenge for the way they treated his father when he was a prisoner of war when they were fighting with the Ottoman empire of old Turkey. There are many stories about him. He lived in the 1400’s. His story is not as ancient history as when the Dacians were known as wolves because Dracula or Vlad Tepis came after the Roman empire and after Christianity had come into Romania. When I lived in Romania, a movie came out about Dracula from Hollywood that had a very realistic hairdo for old Dacia. It showed Dracula as having long hair and a braid down each side of his head. When I was reading Romanian literature written in Romania about old Romania, the men wore long hair with a long braid down each side of their heads. Dracula with short hair is a modern invention.
I find it very interesting that the gypsy religion that now a days has its emperor and king in Romania teaches that God and the Devil have the same power, and we can choose to worship one or the other while the old Dacians chose to worship Zalmoxis, someone they considered a snake or a Devil. It seems all the old stories almost run into one another. Before Christianity came into Romania, the old Dacians knew that the Devil was a snake. Think about the Garden of Eden. God cursed Satan to crawl on his belly, and when we draw pictures of the Garden of Eden, we draw pictures of the Devil as a snake. The old Dacians also believed that when they died, they weren’t just dead and buried, but their spirits went on to live somewhere else. They believed this before Christianity came into Romania, when the first people went into Europe.
We have lots of old almost lost legends from the beginning of time. Many people speculate about what a dragon is. Perhaps the dragon is the snake, the devil. Those flags with the head of a wolf and the body of a snake are probably where the idea for a dragon came from. The Dacians wore those wolf heads on their heads like hoods, and it scared the others who came into Europe. Men were made in the image of God. Could it be that in the early times, the great white haired god they talked about who lived somewhere way up high in the mountains where none of them could go was actually God? When they wore the wolf skins and the head of the wolf, they were in the image of the great white wolf, their god who was said to fight for them. Those of us who are Christians know that God is always on our side. In early times, every country had animals that had to be tamed in order for the people to live there. The Japanese had wolves they completely killed. The Koreans had tigers they completely killed. The Dacians, no doubt, had fought with wolves, and they knew how fierce they were. Wolves would have been at the top of the food chain, so they called their god, the great white wolf. In Romanian, “zeu” actually means “god.” There is a lot of similarity between “Zeus” and “zeu.” The name for God in Romanian is “Dumnezeu.” “Domnul” is the word for “Lord” in Romanian. That “ul” on the end means “the,” and I have often thought that “Dumnezeu” is a combination of Domnul and zeu, Lord God. Perhaps they actually knew about God and the Devil from the beginning of time, and the legend of the dragon came from them, and the devil is actually the dragon. After all, they were the first in Europe and their battle flag was half snake and half wolf.