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Creepy "vampire" skull

Added: Monday, February 11th 2019 at 8:13pm by smfmystery
Related Tags: belief, diseases

The Venetian Vampire

The creepy skull of a 16th century plague victim was discovered in a mass grave with her jaw forced open by a brickā€”an exorcism technique used on suspected vampires in Europe at the time. The skull was the first of its kind that supported the medieval belief that vampires were behind the spread of plagues like the Black Death.

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First I had ever heard of this particular theory, but i am not surpriesed in a way.

I'd heard of weird beliefs before, but this was a new one ,scene

Well, Vampires were considered to be real, but were seen as being dark and "other"...note that Dracula was from Eastern Europe...that was about as "other" as you could in those days.

I dont think it was such a leap to go from a belief in vampires, which existed though a lot of Europe, to believing that the plaque might have been caused by them.

Yep, scene, Vampire and werewolf legends apparently originated in the Carpathian Mountains where Transylvania used to be. How one becomes one of the two having been bitten and lived, mirrors the stages seen in the development of rabies. Bats and wolves were endemic to the region. Prince Vlad the impaler was the model for Bram Stoker's novel, " Dracula". He is still famous for being royalty that erased crime and other problems from the region way back when.

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