Vampires In Old Czechoslovakia?
From Scott Corrales
Source: Radio Prague, Spanish Service

Vampires In The Czech Republic?
Czech archaeologists found convincing evidence that during the transition period between paganism and Christiantiy, the belief in vampires was widespread throughout Czech territory.
The largest "vampires' graveyard" was discovered by archaeologist Jaroslav Spaçek in the city of Celákovice, located a few kilometers from Prague. In this cemetery were buried alleged vampires in the late 10th and early 11th centuries. It is the only necropolis in the country exclusively reserved for the interrment of vampires or more precisely, those who were considered to be such by their contemporaries. Fourteen adult corpses buried throught the cementery show evidence of anti-vampiric precautions.
The latest discoveries made in the Czech Republic include the remains of a "vampire" buried in the city of Milevsko, or the recent discovery of yet another "vampire" in Prague.
In remote ages, belief in vampires was widespread among Slavic peoples. Lutovsky, author of the book "The Graves of our Forebears", maintains that among a hundred burials studied by scientists, a minimum of one presents traces of anti-vampiric measures having been taken..
Lutovsky explains that dozens of alleged vampire graves have been discovered, and there is almost always one in any decent-sized cemetery. According to Slavic belief, the vampire could even have sexual relations with his wife and beget a child that would be born--to everyone's horror--without bones
Garlic and the cross are the more gentle anti-vampiric remedies. Excavations point out that oour ancestors resorted to extremely drastic measures to keep vampires from returning to the world of the living.Archeaologists have uncovered graves in which the dead had their skulls shattered by an iron nail, their hearts impaled on a stake and a knife plunged into their mouths--this last measure insured that the vampire could not suck blood. Fear of vampires eclipsed the respect toward the dead that was customary of the Slavic nations.
In Slovakia, the eastern part of the former Czechoslovakia, vampires caused fear in the population even in this century. In the 1930's, the press reported the discovery of a casket draped in chains to avoid the exit of the alleged vampire. In 1991, ethnologists found a tomb in Slovakia covered by grains of opium poppy. Scientists explain that one of the less-drastic measures for keeping the undead at bay involves giving them a task that takes a long time to perform--in this case, counting the grains..
Archaeological work conducted in the presbytery of the Holy Trinity Chapel of the Moravian city of Prostejov revealed a spectacular find: the burial place of an alleged vampire.
The director of the Archaeological Heritage Institute of Brno, Milos Cizmár, stated that the alleged vampire's mortal remains were discovered in a coffin reinforced with forged iron bars to keep it from troublign the living after death. Scientists believe that the find dates back to the 16th or 17th century, and illustrates the fear of vampirism of the time.
Upon opening the coffin, archaeologists saw the measures taken by the vampire's contemporaries to keep it from escaping the casket: a pile of stones covered the corpse's legs, and the torso had been severed from the rest of the body.
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Translation (C) 2001. Scott Corrales, Institute of Hispanic Ufology. Special thanks to Gloria Coluchi.


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