The "vampire" was found entombed among church ruins in the Black Sea town of Sozopol (map) earlier in the month. The skeleton had been stabbed in the chest with an iron rod (upper right), which was in the tomb next to the body.
In addition, the skeleton's teeth had been pulled. Scholars believe the rod and tooth-pulling were techniques villagers used to prevent dead men from turning into vampires
It seems that hundreds of skeletons like this have been found throughout Eastern Europe...with the skeletons died up, teeth pulled, iron or wooden stakes through their chests, or otherwise mangled. For some reason the belief in Vampires coming back from the dead was very strong in that region, especially in the area around Bulgaria and Romania. It's kind of like the way the belief in witches really spread throughout the New England area and caused things like the Salem Witch Trials to occur.
I wonder what it was that caused such a widespread belief in vampires in Eastern Europe? Something must have started it.
Last Edit: Jul 29, 2012 5:34:35 GMT -6 by skywalker
The belief and persecution of witches had already swept through Europe resulting in (estimation) millions of people killed. In some areas, after the witchhunter/religious examiner was done, the whole village was burned, hanged, whatever. The belief that witches used cats as familiars resulted in wholesale killing of cats which may have had a part in the spread of the Bulbonic Plague. The people who came to New England wanted stricter church rules - they came to set up their own kingdom. No surprise that the fear of witches came with them.
What might be a surprise is that the new settlers (in spite of having been fed and cared for by the First Nations inhabitants of the land they took) convinced themselves that the Devil lived in Indians (because they were not baptized and good with the New Englander's God). They were by then killing off the Indians (so that they could expand their land holdings) and believed that when they did - the Devil got loose and possibly went into a white settler's body - like that of a prepubescent girl.
PS. There have always been wise women, herbalists, and dare I say, witches. They have nothing to do with the Devil, a distinctly Christian intervention, occuring rarely and only in the New Testiment after the expulsion from the garden due to knowing too much (thanks to the serpent, Devil? etc). Witches, according to my studies, don't worship anyone or any being. The Goddess or Hunter God may be invoked or honored to achieve community harmony or get a task done. Abasing onself to the Devil, sacrificing babies yada yada were details taken from the witch hunters' (Catholic, Jesuit, and Protestant) guide: The Hammer of God. Written by, IMO, sick human beings intent on establishing power or scapegoating others in hard times.
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spotless38: Iam back after a long break . What a couple of years I had . After what had happened I lost my brother and had to bury him and then I had caught that type A flue and I was a very sick puppy I also needed blood for the loss of it .
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lois: Very Happy to see you Ron. Missed you. Glad you are doing better now. Sorry for your lost. I did not know your brother had passed. hugs lois
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paulette: Ron - hope you've hit a quiet spot. Sorry for your loss.
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lois: I picked up my phone a few days ago and I looked at the name of the caller. Boy was I surprise. It has been a couple of years. So good to hear your voice Ron. Hope you make it a habit again. love and hugs .
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leia77: Spotless, I am glad that you are feeling better and welcome back! I too am back from a long time away...
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casper: And Meeeeeee!!
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lois: Sorry guys I cannot see the print. On is tiny hand computer
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lois: Casper your page stops at page five in 2016
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lois: How did your Halloween night go this year?
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skywalker: He posted on the Halloween thread this year.
Nov 25, 2018 18:33:36 GMT -6
lois: Oh ok Sky I will check it out. Thanks.
Dec 21, 2018 21:45:31 GMT -6
lois: What topic was it under.
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