Vreemde begrafenisrituelen in Polen

The authors found that those in deviant burials seem to be a predominantly local population, with all individuals buried as potential vampires exhibiting local strontium isotope ratios. These data indicate that those targeted for apotropaic practices were not likely migrants to the region, but instead, local individuals whose social identity or manner of death likely marked them with suspicion in some other way. The authors suggest one alternate explanation behind these apotropaic burials may be the cholera epidemics that were prevalent in Eastern Europe during the 17th century, as the first person to die from an infectious disease outbreak was presumed more likely to return from the dead as a vampire. “People of the post-medieval period did not understand how disease was spread, and rather than a scientific explanation for these epidemics, cholera and the deaths that resulted from it were explained by the supernatural – in this case, vampires,” said Dr. Gregoricka.

via Post-medieval Polish buried as potential ‘vampires’ were likely local.

Een geval uit de praktijk

Een 55-jarige arts had zich twee dagen eerder geprikt aan een scherpe splinterpincet waarmee tevoren een  corpus alienum uit een patiënt was verwijderd. Het wondje is in de duimmuis zichtbaar. Er ontwikkelden zich roodheid, zwelling en pijn in de rechter duimmuis en een rode streep die over de volaire zijde van de onderarm naar boven liep. case005_01

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