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‘Dracula’s tomb’ discovered…

Meet Count Vlad of the Order of The Dragon: The man on whom the legend of Dracula is based.

 

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‘Dracula’s tomb’ discovered in Italy

 

Esma ÇAKIR – ROME / Do?an News Agency

 

Estonian researchers believe they may have finally discovered the whereabouts of “Dracula’s” grave, which is in Italy and not the Romanian Transylvanian Alps as first thought.

 

The inspiration behind Bram Stoker’s 1897 gothic novel “Dracula” is thought to be Vlad III, the 15th century Prince of Wallachia in Eastern Europe. Known posthumously as Vlad the Impaler, the ruler was known for his brand of cruelty across Europe, which included impaling his enemies.

 

Vlad’s ultimate enemy were the Ottomans. Depictions of his endless cruelty made history books, securing his reputation as one of the biggest villains in Turkey’s collective consciousness, as written by Emrah Güler of the Hürriyet Daily News in 2012. Vlad’s story was also converted into a ballet last year in Turkey.

 

Born in 1431, Count Vlad Tepes was part of a noble family who belonged to the Order of the Dragon, a group that was founded as a means of protecting Christianity in Eastern Europe from Ottoman expansion. His father was nicknamed Dracul, meaning “Dragon,” so the young Vlad became known as Dracula, or “son of Dragon.”…

 

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A surreal fable of a drunk rabbit, bowling dwarfs, and two bewildered girls…

 

An eerie and wonderful animation from 1917 – feast your eyes!

 

A fairy brings two dolls to life, part of a short lived stop-motion puppet series by animator Howard S. Moss, adapted from a series of books entitled Motoys in Life published by Toyland Publishing Company. Origin of American animation 1900-1921 describes the film as “Alice in Wonderland meets the Garden of Eden… [a] surreal fable of a drunk rabbit, bowling dwarfs, and the two bewildered girls of the title.” (The Public Domain Review)

 

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The Invisible Paintings of Angkor Wat

Hidden temple magic…

 

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“The temple of Angkor Wat in Cambodia is one of the most famous monuments in the world and is noted for its spectacular bas-relief friezes depicting ceremonial and religious scenes. Recent work reported here has identified an entirely new series of images consisting of paintings of boats, animals, deities and buildings. Difficult to see with the naked eye, these can be enhanced by digital photography and decorrelation stretch analysis, a technique recently used with great success in rock art studies. The paintings found at Angkor Wat seem to belong to a specific phase of the temple’s history in the sixteenth century AD when it was converted from a Vishnavaite Hindu use to Theravada Buddhist….”

 

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