Poland. In an associated practice held against “vampires” in the 17th century, the device on the neck was part of the rite to prevent the deceased from rising again.
A skeleton discovered by archaeologists at Nicolaus Copernicus University in Torun (Poland) has evidence of ‘anti-vampire’ practices dating back to the 17th century, the Archaenews website reported on Saturday.
The tomb was discovered on the outskirts of the city of Bydgoszcz, and the remains belong to a woman. Interestingly, the corpse carries a sickle around its neck, and it was apparently placed as part of a ritual to prevent the deceased from rising again, as was the lock on the big toe of the left foot. was.
Investigators also found that the woman had a silk cap on her head, an expensive garment that indicated high social status. In addition, a protruding front tooth is a facial feature that may be associated with vampirism in the belief of superstitious locals. People who were marked as witches or vampires were feared by the residents even after their death.
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Professor Darius Polinsky, who led the research, said: “Methods to prevent the return of the dead include cutting off their heads or legs, placing the deceased face down so they bite the ground, burning them and crushing them with a stone.”
According to archaeologists, this woman was buried very carefully, surprising details given the traditional customs against the so-called ‘vampire’. Polinsky explained, “The sickle was not placed in a horizontal position, but was placed on the neck in such a way that if the deceased tried to rise, the head would be cut off or injured.” The lock, in turn, “symbolizes the closure of a stage and the impossibility of returning,” he said.
The discovery is the first of its kind in Poland and can be considered unique in the opinion of the researchers. On the other hand, in 2014 a man was found buried near the Baltic Sea with a piece of brick in his mouth knocked out all his upper teeth and furthermore, they pierced his leg to prevent him from exiting the cave. Had given. grave