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'Vampire' grave unearthed in Poland

Posted on Friday, 9 May, 2014 | Comment icon 12 comments

A 19th century vampire slaying kit. Image Credit: CC BY-SA 2.0 Josh Berglund
The remains were found during the excavation of a marketplace in Poland's West Pomeranian Province.
The burial is thought to date back to the 16th century and shows signs that the people of the time carried out a special ritual in the belief that the subject being interred was a vampire.

"A piece of brick rubble in the mouth and pierced thigh indicates that it is a vampire burial," said dig leader Slawomir Gorka. "This was done not for him, but for the community, who lived here."

Similar burials were believed to have been common in the region between the 13th and 17th centuries when vampires were an integral part of superstitions and folklore.

"There is a strong Slavic belief in spirits," said Dr Tim Beasley-Murray. "Romanian folklore has vampiric figures such as the moroi and strigoi. The word 'mora' means nightmare. But these are common to many cultures. We often see bird or owl-like figures that swoop and feed on you."

Source: Yahoo! News | Comments (12)

Tags: Vampire, Poland

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Comment icon #3 Posted by JVG on 9 May, 2014, 12:27
Now where did I put my Garlic necklace.
Comment icon #4 Posted by Taun on 9 May, 2014, 13:01
Vlad - The impaler didn't hurt either. Add the Church getting in on it to control the population at night and enter Bela Lugosi! True... but IIRC he wasn't really tied to the vampire myth until Bram Stoker wrote his book "Dracula"... Unless I've overlooked something - which is entirely possible...
Comment icon #5 Posted by BuzzLightYear on 9 May, 2014, 13:20
The legend of vampires and witches could also come from "Rye Ergot" which LSD is a derivative of. Ergot is a fungus that affects rye grain. It is speculated that Rye Ergot was the cause of the Salem witch trials and other witch hunts in America and Europe
Comment icon #6 Posted by :PsYKoTiC:BeHAvIoR: on 9 May, 2014, 15:24
If I lived during that time period and was accused of being a vampire, I would have replied "no, I'm a cannibal." ... You're free to go. LOL.
Comment icon #7 Posted by paperdyer on 9 May, 2014, 19:32
The legend of vampires and witches could also come from "Rye Ergot" which LSD is a derivative of. Ergot is a fungus that affects rye grain. It is speculated that Rye Ergot was the cause of the Salem witch trials and other witch hunts in America and Europe Interesting. I just got done skimming an article about just that becasue of your post. While I agree that this may have the cause of some of the witches, I'm certain that the witch hunts also used to get rid of people the Church and public officials wanted to get rid of for one reason or another.
Comment icon #8 Posted by ancient astronaut on 9 May, 2014, 20:16
Comment icon #9 Posted by coolguy on 10 May, 2014, 3:56
Cool find to bad they did not find a real vampire
Comment icon #10 Posted by Paranomali on 12 May, 2014, 10:09
I just watched Vampires kiss with Nicholas Cage. His crazy face is all I imagine when I hear about vampires atm ha
Comment icon #11 Posted by TheGreatBeliever on 18 June, 2014, 8:54
Wannabes must have regretted it!
Comment icon #12 Posted by Erowin on 26 June, 2014, 7:17
Vampires were inspired by decomposing corpses. If they ever had to re-open a recent grave, they would notice the corpse looked fat and full (bloating), the nails and hair seemed longer as if it was still alive and growing them (skin retraction). There is also often blood around the mouth of a decomposing corpse. Taken together, it would look an awful lot like the corpse 'awakened' at night and was feeding on blood.

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