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The Sources:

Andrew Mackenzie :
"Dracula Country"
Arthur Barker, London, UK, 1977

The Case:

During his visit to Romania, Andrew Mackenzie apparently had the chance to talk to the folklorist Professor Gheorge Pavelescu. When asked about measures against vampires, Pavelescu told him the following. Let me quote Mackenzie:

"Professor Pavelescu said that the staking of a body in the grave occurred occasionally in various regions up to the time of the second world war. The last to be reported was in the Hateg area, in south-western Transylvania, in 1937."

The Date:

We have been given the year of 1937.

The Place:

Hateg is a place in Romania that can be found South of Deva.

Personal Comments:

Now we know of course, that Pavelescu is not telling the whole truth. But we must remember that the conversation took place during the sad old days when Ceausescu reigned his reign of terror. The mere act of talking to a foreigner could be considered to be a crime in those days. And giving out information about superstitions that did not fit into Ceausescu's vision of a modern nation would have been a much worse crime.

Possible Follow-Up:

Find and read Andrew Mackenzie's "Dracula Country". And then try to find out more about the case. If you know your way around, Romania has gone through a large change and the libraries and archives are slowly beginning to open up.

2012 by Rob Brautigam - NL - Last changed July 2012

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