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Young 'vampire' found buried in Italian cemetery


Posted on Saturday, 13 October, 2018 | Comment icon 4 comments

Vampires were once a very real concern. Image Credit: CC BY-SA 3.0 Musicalvienna
The skeletal remains of a child with a stone in its mouth point to an ancient form of ritualistic vampire burial.
The eerie practice, which echoes similar rituals performed across Medieval Europe, was designed to prevent the deceased from rising from the grave as a vampire or other undead horror.

During the 5th century, Italy was struggling with a deadly malaria outbreak and this particular cemetery had been set aside for the babies and children who were most vulnerable.

The people of the time feared that the bodies might come to life again, spreading the disease further.

The 10-year-old has come to be known locally as the 'Vampire of Lugnano'.

"This is a very unusual mortuary treatment that you see in various forms in different cultures, especially in the Roman world, that could indicate there was a fear that this person might come back from the dead and try to spread disease to the living," said bioarchaeologist Jordan Wilson.

In another part of the cemetery, a young girl's body had also been weighed down with heavy stones.

"We know that the Romans were very much concerned with this and would even go to the extent of employing witchcraft to keep the evil - whatever is contaminating the body - from coming out," said Professor David Soren from the University of Arizona.

Source: Independent | Comments (4)

Tags: Vampire

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #1 Posted by Piney on 13 October, 2018, 10:22
Another link. https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/10/181012093005.htm
Comment icon #2 Posted by Captain Risky on 13 October, 2018, 23:12
we all know about garlic and a stake in the heart/body but what i find interesting is the practice of placing a rock in the mouth of a vampire. 1500 years latter they're doing the same in Eastern Europe. 
Comment icon #3 Posted by seanjo on 14 October, 2018, 11:41
I seem to remember reading that the rock in the mouth was to block the exit of the evil spirits from the mouth.
Comment icon #4 Posted by Jon the frog on 16 October, 2018, 16:59
lol, like burying evil grandma face down !


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