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The Source:

Paul Barber:
"Vampires, Burial and Death - Folklore and Reality" [1988]
Yale University Press, New Haven & London, 1988

The Case:

It would seem that a deceased person was repeatedly seen in the village of Bukowno in Poland. The villagers sought the help of a priest. This one ordered to open up the grave and take the corpse out. A piece of paper with the dead man's name on it was put under his tongue. The body was turned face downwards and a shovel was used to give him a blow on his posterior. After this remarkable ceremony had taken place, the dead man did no longer return to the village.

The Date:

No date is given, but Barber gives us his source: Veroboj Vildomec "Polnische Sagen" [1979]. So we can safely assume that the case must be from well before 1979.

The Place:

There is a place called Bukowno somewhere in the South of Poland. South of Lodz and to the SouthEast of Wroclaw.

Possible Follow-Up:

Read Barber's story and compare it to mine. Find Vildomec's version, and - with a little bit of luck - you might find additional information and/or another source there.

© 2011 by Rob Brautigam - NL - Last changed November 2011

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