Mikonos vampire hunting

Mikonos is an island in Aegean, where a macabre sight of a vampire hunting activity took place.  It was reported by Joseph Pitton de Tournefort, a botanist who was travelling on the Greece at that time.  Accounts of the incident were documented at “Relations d'un Voyage du Levant” wherein a vyrkolakas (a type of a vampire species) was involved.  This show how gruesome the measures of the Greeks are when dealing with a vampire.

The story began with the death of a peasant in the village of Mikonos.  He was generally an unpleasant man who was killed by an unknown killer.  Two days after the man was buried, the people claimed that they saw the man assaulting them.  The attacks became worse as the days passed by but the priest decided to wait for 8 days and see if the terror about the supposed vampire would cease as a part of the tradition.  The priests decided to hold a holy mass on the tenth day in celebration of exhuming the suspected vampire and for taking his heart.  The main organs of the corpse was taken and reduced to ashes.

But the attack of the undead creature did not stop. The town went into hysteria as they spray holy water on their door step and held religious procession in hope that it will stop the creature from tormenting them further.  They also fasted and filled the mouth with holy water but the attacks pursue.

After that, someone allegedly thrust a sword into a casket but an Albanian man exclaimed that stabbing the casket is not proven effective against the undead creature.  He advised them to use a different style of sword, something that appears like a cross and usually use by knights.  They apparently use scimitars and sabers but all of those were still unable to stop the terror.  Others decided to escape the town and flee the terror.  That is when the towns’ people decided to take the corpse to a nearby place called St. George.  They burned the body to ashes on January 1, 1710.  After the remains of the corpse had been reduced to ashes, the attacks of the supposed revenant immediately ceased.


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