The grave of a vampire discovered in Poland, but the reality could be much sadder
Do the legendary creatures that we are used to knowing through books and films exist or did they really exist? It’s the question that everyone has asked themselves at least once in their life. If a particular creature has entered the collective imagination of several countries in the world, it is assumed that there could always be some truth.
A recent discovery could, for example, prove the existence of vampires.
A macabre find
A sharp sickle was placed on her neck, ready to decapitate her if she awoke after death, and a padlock was placed around her big toe.
This is what scientists found when they dug up the corpse of a woman who they believe was suspected of being a vampire in 17th-century Poland.
The unnamed woman – thought to be young and of high social class, as she was buried in a silk scarf – was likely accused of being supernatural because she was distinguished, experts said. A large protruding tooth could provide some clues.
A professor from the Polish Nicolaus Copernicus University of Torun said that burials with a sickle are extremely unusual. University archaeologists made the discovery in the southern village of Pien in the eastern European nation.
Prudence is never too much
Ways to protect against the return of the dead include cutting off the head or legs, placing the deceased face down to bite into the ground, burning and breaking with a stone. In this case, however, a sharp sickle was not placed flat, but was placed on the neck in such a way that if the deceased tried to get up, his head would most likely be cut or injured.said Dariusz Polinski, who led the research team.
The exhumed remains of the woman are now being studied by Polinski’s team.
His burial reveals “paranoia” and “fear” towards vampires and the “gender politics” of the time, explains Stacey Abbott, author of “Undead Apocalypse: Vampires and Zombies in the 21st Century.”
Fear or sexism?
Accusations of being vampires were often leveled at people who “didn’t fit in,” Abbott said. “Anxiety about vampires stemmed from the fact that people were different”as was often the case in witchcraft accusations, he added.
The woman she may have been discriminated against for her genderfor a physical deformity or any social anomaly considered “immoral,” Abbott said, as people sought “a supernatural explanation” for those they perceived as outcasts.
According to Bethan Briggs-Miller, a British folklorist and paranormal historian, it’s not unusual to find “vampire graves” along roadsides or at crossroads. This because the deceased were not permitted to be buried near others or in consecrated grounds and cemeteries. Suspected individuals were often buried with chains or multiple stakes driven into their bodies. Others found in such graves may have died by suicide.
The fear was that they might “to roam the earth and rise from the grave”he said.
Women were “very susceptible” to retaliation for any type of wrongdoing or wrongdoing — from refusing to marry, miscarriage or even missing periods, said Briggs-Miller, co-host of the “Eerie Essex” podcast. The fact that her clothes indicate a high social status demonstrates that these accusations of vampirism concerned women of all levels. She was “all part of this demonization of women that has been going on for a long time.”
Another kind of undead?
European historian and professor Martyn Rady said “there is nothing strange about this discovery.” The use of a sickle on the neck is “pretty common,” he added.
“It’s not a vampire, it’s a revenant. All cultures have a belief in the ‘undead'”he explained, generally describing them as “people who have led violent lives or died violently or they were not buried with the proper funeral rite”.
The professor explained that in some parts of Europe, bodies may be cut in two in the middle, or the head cut off, or a stake driven into the corpse to immobilize it. In Chinese accounts, one way to keep the corpse immobile is to bury it with rice, as the undead like nothing more than counting grains of rice. Similar evidence has been found in Europe, with seeds sprinkled inside graves that suspected vampires can count until the sun comes up.
Among other things, there is nothing strange in the fact that the revenant is a woman, Rady specified, regarding the Polish case: “It is not known why the locals feared that the woman might become undead: perhaps, something as simple as violent death from falling from a wagon.”
If we can have our say, we prefer to think of the enchantment of the Cadrega and the fact that the only vampire worthy of note is the Vampire Brambilla Fumagalli: