Graves discovered in Poland have shed some light on superstitions from the 1600’s and 1700’s.
Discovered with their heads separated from their necks, stones placed under their chins, or sickles placed across their necks; these individuals were believed to be vampires and were buried with the proper precautions taken to prevent them from rising from the dead. Research suggests that early superstitions led to suspicion of immigrants, those who weren’t baptized or died in a violent manner, and those who were the first to succumb to the diseases of the day.
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By lithograph by R. de Moraine (1864). [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons