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Ancient 'Vampire' Corpses Unearthed by Bulgarian Archaeologists
Medical Daily ^ | 5-5-2012 | Christine Hsu

Posted on 06/06/2012 3:52:39 AM PDT by Renfield

More than 100 "vampire" corpses have been dug out from graves across Bulgaria during historic excavations, according to the country's archaeologists.

Bozhidar Dimitrov, head of the National History Museum in the Bulgarian capital, Sofia, said on Tuesday that Bulgarian archaeologists have unearthed two skeletons from the Middle Ages pierced through the chest with iron rods to keep them from turning into the undead.

Dimitrov said that the two "vampire" remains were found last weekend near the Black Sea town of Sozopol.

The tradition of hammering an iron rod through the chest bones and heart of 'evil' people to prevent them from returning after death to feast on the blood of the living was performed up until the beginning of the last century, according to experts.

"These two skeletons stabbed with rods illustrate a practice which was common in some Bulgarian villages up until the first decade of the 20th century," Dimitrov said. Like us on Facebook :

"The stake was left on their bodies to prevent them rising as vampires after they’d been buried,” he added.

Not only were these people stabbed in the chest with an iron or wooden rod before being buried, their bodies were also pinned down into their graves to stop them from leaving at the struck of midnight and terrorizing the living.

"These people were believed to be evil while they were alive, and it was believed that they would become vampires once they are dead, continuing to torment people," Dimitrov said, according to Bulgarian Sega Daily Newspaper.

Dimitrov said that over 100 people whose bodies have been stabbed to prevent them from rising as vampires have been discovered throughout Bulgaria.

"I do not know why an ordinary discovery like that became so popular. Perhaps because of the mysteriousness of the word "vampire," Dimitrov added.

Dimitrov said that "vampires" were often aristocrats and clerics.

"The curious thing is that there are no women among them. They were not afraid of witches," he said.

The word "vampire" comes from the original Slavic term "opyrb" or "opir" which later appears as "viper", "vepir", or "vapir".

During the Middle Ages, many people throughout Bulgaria and other parts of central Europe believed in vampires.

Alcoholics, thieves and murderers were often believed to be likely candidates to become vampires.

Vampires were believed to look completely normal often marrying and fathering children, but at night they would roam the countryside in search for victims to cure their bloodlust.


TOPICS: History; Weird Stuff
KEYWORDS: archaeology; bulgaria; dracula; godsgravesglyphs; vampire; vampires

The remains of a female "vampire" from 16th-century Venice. Italian researchers believe they have found the remains of a female "vampire" from 16th-century Venice, buried with a brick in her mouth to prevent her feasting on plague victims. Matteo Borrini, a forensic anthropologist from the University of Florence, said the discovery was the first confirmation of a Medieval belief that vampires were behind the spread of epidemics, such as the Black Death.

(Photo: Reuters)

1 posted on 06/06/2012 3:52:49 AM PDT by Renfield
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To: Renfield
"Dimitrov said that "vampires" were often aristocrats and clerics."

Things haven't changed much, have they?

2 posted on 06/06/2012 3:53:57 AM PDT by Renfield (Turning apples into venison since 1999!)
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To: SunkenCiv

Ancient Bulgarian vampire ping!


3 posted on 06/06/2012 3:54:48 AM PDT by Renfield (Turning apples into venison since 1999!)
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To: Renfield
“buried with a brick in her mouth to prevent her feasting on plague victims”

Not to mention shot in the head. Looks like a 9mm...

4 posted on 06/06/2012 4:21:48 AM PDT by BigCinBigD (...Was that okay?)
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To: Renfield
"You know, if I were a single man, I might ask that mummy vampire out," Clinton said. "That's a good-looking mummy vampire."--Bill Clinton
5 posted on 06/06/2012 4:44:32 AM PDT by ETL (ALL (most?) of the Obama-commie connections at my FR Home page: http://www.freerepublic.com/~etl/)
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To: Renfield

I have seen enough movies to know how this will end. One of the lab technicians will pull the stake out of a corpse’s chest, go to work with his back toward the remains, and . . .


6 posted on 06/06/2012 4:59:05 AM PDT by Pollster1 (A boy becomes a man when a man is needed - John Steinbeck)
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To: Renfield

Early evidence of the Zombie Apocalypse?

Or a better love story than “Twilight”?


7 posted on 06/06/2012 4:59:48 AM PDT by Old Sarge (RIP FReeper Skyraider (1930-2011) - You Are Missed)
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To: Explorer89

st germain?


8 posted on 06/06/2012 5:02:57 AM PDT by xsmommy
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To: Renfield

9 posted on 06/06/2012 5:19:44 AM PDT by bgill
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To: ETL

***”You know, if I were a single man, I might ask that mummy vampire out,” Clinton said. “That’s a good-looking mummy vampire.”—Bill Clinton ****

That because he heard vampires suck. ;-D Oh my bad!


10 posted on 06/06/2012 5:30:15 AM PDT by Ruy Dias de Bivar (Anything Goes, Phantom of the Opera, Nice work if you can get it, EVITA. On BROADWAY last week.!)
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To: Renfield

Something tells me you’re an authority on the subject, Renfield - lol!


11 posted on 06/06/2012 5:44:10 AM PDT by Caipirabob (I say we take off and Newt the site from orbit. It's the only way to be sure...)
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To: xsmommy

Nah, he is still alive :)


12 posted on 06/06/2012 6:59:02 AM PDT by Explorer89 (And now, let the wild rumpus start!!)
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To: Ruy Dias de Bivar

“A top Peruvian anthropologist said Friday that President Clinton’s joke about the sex appeal of an Inca mummy was ``tacky’’ and criticized the display of the mummy in Washington. ...”

Clinton joked during a political fund-raiser Wednesday that the mummy is ``good-looking’’ and if he were single he might ask her out. ``That mummy looks better than I do on my worst days,’’ he said.

Anthropologist Sonia Guillen said ``obviously there’s a lack of respect’’ in Clinton’s remarks.”

http://www.thefreelibrary.com/CLINTON+MUMMY+JOKE+IRKS+ANTHROPOLOGIST.-a083934406


13 posted on 06/06/2012 7:13:41 AM PDT by ETL (ALL (most?) of the Obama-commie connections at my FR Home page: http://www.freerepublic.com/~etl/)
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To: Renfield

With a name like Renfield, I’m not surprised you would post a vampire thread. But that said, I thought only a wooden stake through the heart would work.


14 posted on 06/06/2012 7:20:59 AM PDT by Fresh Wind ('People have got to know whether or not their president is a crook.' Richard M. Nixon)
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To: Fresh Wind

“...I thought only a wooden stake through the heart would work.”

Apparently the ones with the iron rods didn’t come back, so that must work too.


15 posted on 06/06/2012 8:33:56 AM PDT by KrisKrinkle (Blessed be those who know the depth and breadth of their ignorance. Cursed be those who don't.)
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To: Fresh Wind

***I thought only a wooden stake through the heart would work.***

In the old 1932 movie VAMPYR an iron rod is used, and in the book DRACULA, Drac’s head is cut off and a steel blade is plunged into his heart.


16 posted on 06/06/2012 8:54:01 AM PDT by Ruy Dias de Bivar (Anything Goes, Phantom of the Opera, Nice work if you can get it, EVITA. On BROADWAY last week.!)
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To: Caipirabob; Fresh Wind

I took the name from one of our cats. When we got him, he was a tiny, very wild feral kitten, and his all-purpose response to any stimulus was to bite....so the name seemed appropriate.

Pretty quickly, though, we tamed him and he turned into a splendid cat. He’s now almost 19 years old...ancient in feline terms...and in remarkably good shape for his age, although very thin. Vet says there’s nothing wrong with him. He’s outlived about 10 of our other cats. He spends most of his time shadowing me, waiting for to sit down so he can jump into my lap and get petted. Most times when I post on FR, Renfield is sitting there, purring and shedding.


17 posted on 06/06/2012 9:46:20 AM PDT by Renfield (Turning apples into venison since 1999!)
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To: Renfield; Slings and Arrows; Revolting cat!; JoeProBono
More than 100 "vampire" corpses have been dug out from graves across Bulgaria during historic excavations, according to the country's archaeologists.

Bozhidar Dimitrov, head of the National History Museum in the Bulgarian capital, Sofia, said on Tuesday that Bulgarian archaeologists have unearthed two skeletons from the Middle Ages pierced through the chest with iron rods to keep them from turning into the undead.

"They were immobilized by this simple iron rod I hold in my hand..."

18 posted on 06/06/2012 5:56:05 PM PDT by a fool in paradise (Washington could not tell a lie, Nixon could not tell the truth, Obama can't tell the difference.)
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To: Renfield
Dimitrov said that "vampires" were often aristocrats and clerics.

At least the Socialists weren't accusing them of being "witches". That would have be an unfounded hysteria. Even today, we hear the evils of Capitalism and the Church...

19 posted on 06/06/2012 5:59:08 PM PDT by a fool in paradise (Washington could not tell a lie, Nixon could not tell the truth, Obama can't tell the difference.)
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To: a fool in paradise

20 posted on 06/06/2012 7:20:41 PM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet - Mater tua caligas exercitus gerit ;-{)
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To: Renfield; StayAt HomeMother; Ernest_at_the_Beach; decimon; 1010RD; 21twelve; 24Karet; ...

 GGG managers are SunkenCiv, StayAt HomeMother & Ernest_at_the_Beach
Thanks Renfield. To all -- please ping me to other topics which are appropriate for the GGG list.


21 posted on 06/07/2012 5:17:35 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: Renfield

Eastern Europe has the creepiest myths, legends and superstitions than anyplace else in the West.


22 posted on 06/07/2012 5:30:25 PM PDT by Rebelbase
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To: Renfield

My first thought upon seeing that image was “I thought the article said there were no women.”


23 posted on 06/07/2012 5:39:51 PM PDT by null and void (Day 1234 of our ObamaVacation from reality [and what dark chill/is gathering still/before the storm])
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To: Renfield

“Heh, heh heh. Master!”
I have a kat just like yours! Never more tha a couple feet away.


24 posted on 06/07/2012 6:14:19 PM PDT by Dr. Bogus Pachysandra ( Ya can't pick up a turd by the clean end!)
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To: BigCinBigD
Entry is triangular. I would guess a stilleto.

The stiletto blade was usually hammer-forged into a dense rod with a narrow, triangular cross section, without any sharpened edges.

Yes, I know you were kidding about a 9mm in 15th Century Italy.

25 posted on 06/07/2012 7:20:54 PM PDT by ApplegateRanch (Love me, love my guns!©)
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To: neverdem; ShadowAce; Ernest_at_the_Beach

The Dracula bulb: Designer creates eerie glowing lamp which runs on human blood
By Rob Waugh
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2151026/The-Dracula-bulb-Designer-creates-eerie-glowing-lamp-runs-human-blood.html


26 posted on 06/07/2012 7:27:34 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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