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Skeletons Treated For Vampirism Found In Bulgaria

An archaeologist cleans a skeleton during excavations in the Black Sea town of Sozopol.
An archaeologist cleans a skeleton during excavations in the Black Sea town of Sozopol.
Archaeologists in Bulgaria have unearthed two ancient skeletons with iron rods piercing their chests.

No, they're not evidence of some horrible Middle Ages construction-site accident but rather an attempt to keep the dead bodies from turning into vampires.

Bozhidar Dimitrov, head of the National History Museum in the Bulgarian capital, Sofia, said the two skeletons were found last weekend near the Black Sea town of Sozopol.

Dimitrov told the French news agency AFP that the practice was common in some Bulgarian villages up until the first decade of the 20th century.

Dimitrov said superstitious beliefs led to iron rods being hammered through the chest bones and hearts of those who did evil during their lifetimes for fear they would return after death to feast on the blood of the living.

Around 100 similar burials have already been found in Bulgaria.

The pagan rite was also practiced in neighboring Serbia and other Balkan countries.

Vampire legends are widespread across the Balkans. The most famous is that of Romanian count Vlad the Impaler, known as Dracula, who staked his war enemies and drank their blood.

Dimitrov is quoted as saying: "I do not know why an ordinary discovery like that [has] became so popular. Perhaps because of the mysteriousness of the word 'vampire.'"
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by: Vlad Tepes from: Transilvania
June 06, 2012 19:38
"Treated for vampirism", that's a good one. This must have been before they switched to garlic patches for better treatment...

by: Tepes/Cheney 2012 from: usa
June 06, 2012 21:30
http://scienceinmyfiction.com/2010/07/26/i-know-why-the-vampire-sparkles/

We should thank the ancient Bulgarians for raising the stakes. Better safe than sorry, right? Nobody wants to be preyed upon by sparkling undead douchebags.

by: John Harduny from: Reston, VA, USA
June 06, 2012 22:03
Vlad was a Romanian feudal lord - the voivode of Wallachia. There are no legends that Vlad the Impaler, known as Dracula, never "staked his war enemies and drank their blood." The connection of the name "Dracula" with vampirism was fabricated by Bram Stoker, an Irish writer who died in 1912.

by: Nikolaycho Krastav from: The Balkans
June 06, 2012 22:09
Ha,bloody ha,the red bulgarian political vampire skeletons are alive and well and are doing extremely well ever since they came to power on the 9th of September 1944-Uncle Joe and the western democracies helping them to suck the blood of the bulgarian people ever since.Same is true about all former soviet bloc satellites..This story ,however is probably a fluke to dupe tourists in the area which is the birthplace of Bojidar Dimitrov,a chief historical vampire and a communist secret service informer,known by the name of Lajidar-/a liar in bulgarian/.Vade retrum!!!
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by: Ellen from: Nashville
June 07, 2012 02:11
I appreciate your attempt at humor, Mr. Krastav. Was Uncle Adolph a lesser evil that good ol' Uncle Joe? I doubt it.
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by: Nickolaycho Krastav from: The Balkans
June 07, 2012 10:27
Thankee for the appreciation,dearest Ellen...we have a proverb here which says that fascism is a pale version of communism,but I wonder if any cowgirl can grasp that in good old Tennessee.Uncle Adolph was a very very bad man indeed ,worse than the Shamericans who treated the injuns so humanely,being the true christians they are.Now may I suggest you take a break from yer Tennessee waltzing and please,read a book by Mr.Christopher Simpson-Blowback:Amerisa`s recruitment of Nazis and its effects on the cold war.Thankee in advance and thanx for them reasonable doubts,too.God Bless Shamerica.And Israel,too!!!
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by: ellen from: nashville
June 07, 2012 15:57
Don't get me wrong, Mr. Krastav, I'm the first owen to admit when my country is in the wrong. The US has partaken in its fair share of deplorable actions. Also, I agree Stalin was as bad, if not worse in many ways, than the fascists, but even you have to admit that some of the Balkan states were on the wrong side of the coin duing the war. It was simply trading out one evil for another.

Thanks for the books suggestion. I might check it out, actually. I have a suggestion for you, as well. Travel the US a little bit more....you might think twice before youso easily buy into cheap pithy steroeotypes. :)
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by: Nick Krastav from: The Balkans
June 07, 2012 22:19
Dear Ellen,no Balkan state was on the wrong side of the coin-their problems come from the egomaniac interests of the super duper powers and their imperial divide and rule policies.Tanx for the travel advice-now the average monthly wage where I live is about 350US$$ -I`ve never been to your country and most of my countrymen are denied visas for the USA,and if possible most of them would gladly go to work there on economic grounds.Yours,cheaply, Nick.

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