tim beasley

A 19th century vampire slayer

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.”