This case is said to have first appeared in “Magia Posthuma” by Charles Ferdinand de Schertz published in 1704. The events happened a lot earlier and were traced back to the 1300s with the original tale being signed by a monk named Neplach (1332- 1368) and we are given the approximate year as 1336.
A shepherd named Myslata from the village of Blow [close to the town of Kadam – in Bohemia] had returned from the grave and was calling out the name of several of the villagers. All those he summoned would die in 8 days.
When the peasants of Blow disinterred the corpse of this shepherd and fixed it in the ground using a stake the corpse made fun of them thanking them for giving him a stick to keep away the dogs.
He left his grave again and frightened several people by his presence; strangled them worse than he had done before.
It was decided to transport him out of the village to be burned.
While the corpse was being delivered on a cart to the cremation pyre, the legs of the corpse drew in as if it were alive. When the corpse was tossed onto the pyre, someone immediately plunged a stake into it and blood gushed forth.
After the corpse was cremated, peace returned to the vicinity.
Since a PDF of ”Magia Posthuma” is rather impossible to find allow me to add that the case can also be found in “Dissertation sur les Revenants en Corps, les Excommuniés, Les Oupirs ou Vampires, Brucolaques, etc.” [Treatise on Reverants, Vampires and Warewolfs] by Dom Augustin Calmet from 1751.
Now then… where to start with my little analysis? I suppose by now you are all familiar with the ~Superstitions~ so let`s get to it 😀
First there is the belief – common in Europe – that if an undead calls out your name you are the next to follow him to the grave. In some regions it was believed that you would need to answer the call to be the next on the list.
Usually when dealing with a vampire people tend to use the old “stake through the heart” trick but there are also variations on this. Like in this case, a larger pole would be used to fix the corpse to the ground in the belief that it wouldn`t be able to crawl out of its grave anymore.
The more unusual part is the description of the behavior the vampire supposedly exhibited: first it mocked the people that staked him and then it started moving “as if it was still alive” on the way to the burning spot outside the village.
I believe that this may be the result of oral embellishment since these details weren`t present in the original text belonging to Neplach.