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The Sources:

John Cuthbert Lawson :
"Modern Greek Folklore and Ancient Greek Religion" [1910]
Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, 1910

The Case:

In John Cuthbert Lawson's book (see above) we can find chapter 4 "The Relation of Soul and Body". Paragraph 1 of this chapter is called: "The modern Greek Vampire". Somewhere in this chapter and paragraph Lawson informs us:

"In January of 1895 at Mantoude in Euboea a woman was believed to have turned vrykolakas and to have caused many deaths, and the peasants resolved to exhume and burn her but it is not stated whether the resolve was actually carried out."

The Date:

The date that we have been given is January 1895.

The Place:

As to the location, Mantoude is actually called Mantoudi and it can be found North of the Greek capital Athens on the island Euboea, the second largest island of Greece.

Possible Follow-Up:

I am sure that I have seen the story mentioned elsewhere. Montague Summers ? Lawson gives as his source a book by a Professor N.P. Polites of Athens University. Unfortunately for some, including me, the book has been printed in Greek. Least you can do is check out Lawson and see what else he has to tell. And if you are fortunate enough to read Greek, go find and read the book by Polites as well.

2011 by Rob Brautigam - NL - Last changed December 2011

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