Skeletons discovered called “vampires” in Bulgaria
A group of archaeologists was exploring the Black Sea, near a medieval monastery in the small town of Sozopol, Bulgaria, where they discovered two skeletons pierced by an iron stake in the heart area. They were buried on what would have been a “graveyard of vampires.”
According to legend, the Vampires were buried a stake through the heart to prevent the recurrence of death in search of the blood of the living. They were buried with garlic and water to be wiped out altogether.
These bodies date from the eighth or ninth century, and reveal the pagan custom practiced by the people then, when they thought a person could be harmful to the people, that they should not return from the dead exhumed and they drove a stake to and not transformed into vampires.
Although the legends of vampirism in the Balkans dating back many centuries, the modern myth is based on the novel Dracula, published in 1897 by Bram Stoker, inspired by folk tales of the area. Moreover, the fantasy of the vampire resurgence in recent times among teens thanks to the Twilight series from author Stephenie Meyer.
Link: ‘Vampire’ skeletons found in Bulgaria near Black Sea (BBC News)Tags: Balkans, black sea, skeletons, Sozopol, Vampires