08 October 2010

Vampire Secrets. Part 4

Fear of vampires in XVII-th century is not due only to Elizabeth Bathory, but also associated with diseases like tuberculosis. Is interesting the comment that, after a vampire attack the villagers dig the grave and found the corpse without rigor mortis and with blood around the mouth. That means that "the Earth did not receive the body and heaven did not receive the soul". I'm stopping for one moment on this comment because I remember in Romanian religious ceremony at funerary the priest asks God that the Earth / the ground (there is the same word in Romanian) shall receive the body of the defunct. Probably exactly from preventing him/her for becoming a vampire.

A study published in 1746 by Augusting Calmet concludes that vampires do exist. At that time vampire hunting was well documented and a real occupation of the people

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