Indulged with sociological self-centeredness we have reduced vampires to mechanisms of social cohesion. Hence,we have questioned a culture, seeing vampires as what they are, the dead ones haunting the living. If our interpretations have shown contempt towards vampires, we apologize for our mundane limitations, and thank them for the inspiration.
We also thank all those living beings who have helped us through our voyage through the past and present. We give special thoughts to Baba Mitra, Baba Inda, and other great Wallachian mothers, who have received us with hospitality and endured our incessant questioning. For their excellent cooperation: Miroslav Panojevic, Ljubce Muncanovic, Stale Zulumovski, Nada and Aleksandar Serafimovski and many others in Denmark and Sweden. Special thanks also to Steven Sampson and Michel Vale for their great patience and meticulous scrutinizing of our English. Steven Sampson, Lasse Petterson, Billy Ehn, Ole H\'Siris, Georg Karlsson, Rune Aberg and Christian Horst have read and criticized the manuscript and helped us with valuable suggestions.
Finally, for their generous financial support we thank the following organizations: The Swedish Council for Research in the Humanities and Social Sciences, The Bank of Sweden Tercentenary Foundation, The Danish Social Science Research Council and the Danish International Development Agency.
Umea, December 1985
Carl-Ulrik Schierup Aleksandra Alund
1987. , 270 p.