The vampire myth
Ever wondered where the idea that garlic can repel or even kill vampires comes from? Dracula author Bram Stoker wrote about garlic’s vampire-repelling properties in his famous novel, bringing it to mainstream attention. However, in Romania, where vampires have been part of folklore for centuries, the living dead are called strigoi, and they have the power to plague and harm the living. It was thought that red-haired people, children born out of wedlock, and anyone who’d died an unnatural death might return as a strigoi, so those corpses were buried with a clove of garlic in their mouths to stop them rising from the grave.