Remains of ‘vampire’ woman found in Polish cemetery

The remains of the ‘vampire’ woman had a sickle around her neck and a padlock on her big toe to prevent her from leaving her grave.

Poland is one of the European countries where the belief in vampires it was very strong during the 11th to 17th centuries, approximately. In the present, discoveries continue to come out that attest to the above. One of them is the teacher Dariusz Polinskiof the Nicolaus Copernicus Universitywho led the archaeological excavation that led to the discovery of the remains of a vampire woman’.

The remains of the vampire woman’ they have a silk cap and a protruding front tooth, the Daily Mail reported on Friday, on top of which he had a sickle in the neck and a padlock on the big toe to prevent him from resurrecting and coming out of his grave.

“The sickle was not placed in a horizontal position, but on the neck in such a way that if the deceased had tried to get up … the head would have been cut or injured,” Poliński told the Daily Mail.

ScienceAlertmentions in a note about the find:

In the 11th century, citizens of Eastern Europe expressed their fear of vampires and began treating their dead with anti-vampire rituals, according to Smithsonian magazine, believing that “some people who died came out of the grave like bloodsucking monsters that terrified to the living.”

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Padlock wrapped on the toe. (Photo: Mirosław Blicharski)

Diseases that gave way to beliefs in vampires

There were many methods of burial against vampires, which included a metal bar driven into the skeleton. In addition, kits to kill vampires also proliferated. A few months ago we reported the auction of one of them. These kits contained objects such as stakes, guns, holy water or crosses.

Vampire superstition thrived in the Middle Agesespecially when the plague decimated entire towns and villages. The disease often left mouth lesions that bleed on his victims, which was a sure sign of vampirism for superstitious people or with no knowledge about medicine.

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It was common for anyone with a unknown physical or emotional illness was branded a vampire. One of the diseases that gave way to the myths of the undead was the porphyriaa blood disorder that can cause serious blisters on the skin exposed to sunlight. Let us remember that the myth of vampires tells us that they are intolerant to natural light and that is why they have nocturnal habits.

Some symptoms of porphyria may be relieved temporarily ingesting blood. Other diseases to which the promotion of the myth of the vampire is attributed are Rage or the goiter.

When a suspected vampire died, their body was dug up to look for signs of vampirism. In some cases, a stake was driven into the heart of the corpse to ensure that it remained dead and did not come out of its grave.

Other methods of treating vampires included decapitation and burning of the corpses well into the 19th century.

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Remains of ‘vampire’ woman found in Polish cemetery