Don’t you worry girls, Edward Cullen is fine!
Bulgarian archaeologists have recently unearthed two skeletons, believed to be from the medieval times, with iron rods through their chests, according to reports from the BBC and sensationalist newspaper Daily Mirror. Sky News states the skeletons allegedly were part of an old anti-vampire ritual.
The discovery occurred near the Black Sea town of Sozopol. Bulgaria is home to around 100 known “vampire skeleton” burials.
These skeletons stabbed with rods illustrate a practice which was common in some Bulgarian villages up until the first decade of the 20th Century: Bozhidar Dimitrov, National History Museum (Sofia, Bulgaria).
In 2004 archaeologist Petar Balabanov discovered six nailed-down skeletons at a site near the eastern Bulgarian town of Debelt. He said the pagan rite had also been practised in neighbouring Serbia and other Balkan countries.
Notice: We’re not concerned about the existence of vampires (or the lack of) in this blog, but it is kind of fun to discover how people from a long time ago were superstitious and tried to prevent “evil ones” from leaving their graves at midnight in order to terrorise the village. I’m aware we have gullible people nowadays too; however, with the modern cremation process I reckon iron (or wood) stabbing is no longer necessary for them, at least, I hope so.
June 6th, 2012.