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The Sources:

John Cuthbert Lawson:
"Modern Greek Folklore and ancient Greek religion - a study in survivals"
Cambridge University Press, 1910

The Case:

"In Amorgos these vrykolakes have been seen not only at night but in open day, five or six together in a field, feeding apparently on green beans."

The Date:

No specific date is given, but seeing as how the book that Lawson's info is based on was published in 1657, we are going to file this as "before 1657".

The Place:

Amorgos is the most Eastern island of the Cyclades.

Personal Comments:

OK... I realise that this sounds like a - shall we say - rather unusual story. Half a dozen vrykolakes out during the day and trying to still their unholy hunger on a diet of green beans. But I must admit that I have read worse stories than this, written by people who should know better than trying to feed us such crap.

Actually I like it. It sounds like genuine folklore. It seems to fit in with some of the Bulgarian vampire beliefs, some of which are funny rather than scaring. It also reminds me of things like garden utensils, ploughs and pumpkins turning into vampires. It is different, which does make a nice change.

Possible Follow-Up:

Lawson tells us that he is quoting this story from a book by Francois Richard, a Jesuit Priest who lived on Santorini sometime in the 17th Century. The name of his book is: "Relation de ce qui s'est passť de plus remarquable a Sant-Erini, isle de l'Archipel, depuis l'etablissement des Peres de la Compagnie de Jesus en icelle" (Paris, 1657)

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