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"Vampire" skulls were found in Venice, Italy. The thing that stood out was a stone lodged in the skull's mouth. Why? Bodies that were decomposing had liquid in stomach, it came out of the nose and the moist from the fluid tore the burial shroud. When people dug the same spots, they were terrified the shroud looked "bitten" and assumed that the bodies were vampires that spread the plague. They lodged stones in their mouth to keep them from spreading the plague.
Among the many medieval plague victims recently unearthed, one reportedly had unique evidence of an unusual affliction: being "undead." The skull of the woman showed her jaw forced open by a brick-an exorcism technique used on suspected vampires. Vampires were thought by some to be causes of plagues, so superstition took root that shroud-chewing was the way that vampires spread pestilence. Inserting objects such as bricks into the mouths of alleged vampires was thought to halt the disease.
Skulls, History, Vampires, Plague Victims, 16Th Century Venice, Bricks, Female Vampire, Mouths, Mass Grave
The skull of a female "vampire" from 16th-century Venice, buried with a brick in her mouth to prevent her feasting on plague victims
Proof that some myths have history to them: this was found in a mass grave in Italy. The brick was forced into the woman's mouth to prevent her from becoming a vampire. Because people didn't understand how the decaying body worked, many natural signs were taken to be supernatural. This was preventative. National Geographic did a whole article on it; it was fascinating.
The remains of a female 'vampire' from 16th-century Venice, buried with a brick in her mouth to prevent her feasting on plague victims Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2154837/Vampire-skeletons-unearthed-Bulgaria-iron-stakes-plunged-chests.html#ixzz1x4547rS5
(Literally, the most interesting thing I have ever read.) The remains of a female 'vampire' from 16th-century Venice, buried with a brick in her mouth to prevent her feasting on plague victims.
The remains of a female 'vampire' from 16th-century Venice, buried with a brick in her mouth to prevent her feasting on plague victims. Or possibly a failed brick-eating contestant on the medieval version of England's Got Talent? The Audiophile Man, www.theaudiophileman.com
Although these days the most surefire method used to slay vampire is a stake through the heart, hundreds of years ago that was not considered sufficient. Allow us to introduce you to the ancient alternative – the brick through the mouth. Think about it. What’s the easiest way to keep a vampire from sucking blood? Cram his face full of cement no doubt. The skull you are looking at here was found by archaeologists just outside Venice in a mass grave.
ARTICLE: 'Vampire' Plague Victim: Remains Found In 16th Century Venice Grave Spur Scientific Debate. Vampire superstitions were common when plague devastated Europe, and much, if not all, of this folklore could be due to misconceptions about the natural stages of decomposition.The recently dead can often appear unnervingly alive. However, now other researchers are openly deriding this claim. Where some might see an exorcism, these researchers see a brick accidentally falling into a skull's mouth
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