Armenia is a region is eastern Asia Minor, a onetime Republic in commie-ville aka the Soviet Union. This area is full of some pretty sweet vampire stories but the best known story is that of the Dakhanavar. The Dakhanavar was a vampire that inhabited the mountains of Ultmish Altotem. This angry vamp hated anyone coming into his territory and hunted down anyone that came around to count the many valleys there. The Dakhanavar would hunt down and suck out its victim’s blood through… the soles of their feet. Nope, this vampire didn’t go with the classic neck draining, it went with the ridiculous but funny sole sucking (get it… “soul sucking” but “sole”… har har har).
One day though, this vampire was bested. Two travelers outwitted him by sleeping with their feet under one another’s heads. The poor Dakhanavar couldn’t find the feet of either victim, so he grumbled on and on about how he had traveled through 366 valleys in the mountains but had never once come across someone with two heads and no feet. After that, the clearly disappointed and frustrated vampire left the region. So, not only did the travelers get rid of the menace in the mountains but also figured out how many valleys there were. Clever clever.
This is a pretty classic folk tale, as far as old stories go – completely weird, amusing and somewhat morbid. Oddly enough, I can picture this in a children’s fairytale book; good triumphing over evil, the bad little vampire and whatnot. But then I can also picture it in horror movie form. Get someone like Rob Zombie on it and you have a nightmare worthy story. What about you? What do you picture when you read this?