The story is actually that of 2 incidents that happened in the village of Possega, either in modern day Croatia or Serbia. I cannot give you an exact location because there no such village listed on the maps yet the closest matches are in above listed countries – in case the name wasn`t changed in the centuries that followed.
The first incident occurred in 1721 when villagers were infected by vampires in the shape of snakes and eventually died a couple of days later being drained of blood.
About 3 weeks after they died, because the disease seemed to be spreading, the elders decided to open the graves of the recently deceased and examine them.
Upon finding a specific family whose members looked undecayed and the bodies were not in the specific position they were buried in, the proceeded to put a stake through the heart of the man [head of the family probably assumed to be the head of the “vampire family”].
Then all the corpses were decapitated and cremated, and their ashes were buried in their graves.
Years passed and everything seemingly returned to normal, however in 1730 we are told that the snake shaped vampires stuck again – this time feeding on a sheep.
A local found the animal on the hills and took it home. There the sheep was slaughtered [presumably this is when they noted the lack of blood in the animal] and the family feed on the meat.
The man, his wife, and two of their children, got sick and died, therefore the elders opened the graved for this family as well. They proceeded to the same ritual and the vampires are never mentioned again.
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The events took place around 1875 in the village of Boureni, in the southern region of Romania [Valahia, close to the border with Bulgaria].
The story was first published in 1927 by N.I.Dumitrascu in his “Strigoi – din credintele, datinile si povestirile poporului roman, vol.XXXVIII” [The undead – from the beliefs, customs and tales of the Romanian people, chapter 38] and was later spread in the continent by Adrien Cremene in his “Mythologie du Vampire en Roumanie” [Vampire mythology in Romania] – published in 1981.
This vampire case is rather interesting because of all the details – many of them not useful at all.
A young peasant girl had become pregnant – much to the shame of her family since she was not bestrewed or married. She handled the pregnancy as best she could and [as story goes] since the baby turned restless most of the time she ended up promising that she would give him all the animals of a wealthy family from the region… just to calm him down.
When the time came, she gave birth to a baby boy with a caul. It died before it could be baptized so he was buried outside the local cemetery.
It became a Moroi [Romanian version of a baby-vampire] and soon after the sheep of that respective family [the Ionicani] started to die with no apparent reason.
One night, the shepherd saw the baby chasing the sheep in the form of a white cloud and he chased it away. He followed it to the grave and upon unearthing the corpse saw what it had turned into and took actions to keep it from rising again.
He chopped the tiny corpse into pieces and boiled it into wine. Then he reburied the baby and the animals were once again safe.
Since the baby was born with a distinctive sign [caul] and was illegitimate he was a likely candidate for a vampire. Adding the fact that he died before the baptism ritual could be performed and we have 100% chance for a return from the grave. I`ll admit that belief in vampire attacks on the lifestock was common in those days, but I suspect that the story about the promise was an exaggeration. I don`t really see the need for such a twist in the story.
Again we have an unusual behavior in the moment of the unearthing – we aren`t given any details about the condition of the corpse and the way it is dealt with is a peculiar on: boiling in wine?!?!?
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