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The Sources:

J. Nippgen
"La persistance du paganisme dans les regions balkaniques"
in: "Revue Antropologique", Paris, 1925

The Case:

"Dans certaines régions du Monténégro on raconte que les vampires quittent les tombes, durant la nuit, et viennent provoquer la mort des vivants. Voici un récit, noté par Mme E. Durham, relatif à cette croyance un jeune homme qui aimait une jeune fille ne put l'épouser, les parents. de cette dernière l'ayant fiancée à un autre garçon qu'elle fut contrainte de prendre pour époux. Désespéré, son amant quitta le Monténégro, et mourut peu après. Après sa mort il revenait la nuit, sous la forme d'un vampire, visiter celle qu'il avait aimée. La jeune fille, alarmée, confia ses terreurs aux voisins. Au bout de quelques mois elle mit au monde un enfant dont la ressemblance avec le mort était si frappante, que la paternité du défunt ne pouvait pas être mise en doute. Mais, comme l'ancien fiancé était mort dans un pays éloigné, rien ne pouvait être tenté pour l'apaiser."

I will try to give you the main facts of the story:

"In certain regions of Montenegro it is told that the vampires leave their graves at night and are causing the death of the living. Here is a tale about this superstition that was written down by Edith Durham. A young man who loved a young girl could not marry her. Her parents had engaged her to another boy and she was forced to marry him. Disappointed her lover left Montenegro and died shortly after. After his death, he came back every night in the shape of a vampire, to visit the girl he had loved. The frightened young girl told her neighbours about this horror. After a number of months she gave birth to a child that had such a striking likeness to the dead man, that the fathership of the deceased could not be doubted. But since the dead man had died in a faraway land there was nothing they could do to take care of him."

The Date:

Sadly, the only thing we know for certain is that the reported happenings must have taken place before 1925 when Nippgen's article was published. If we manage to find Edith Durham's original version we may learn more.

The Place:

No place is given. All we know is that things are said to have happened in Montenegro.

Possible Follow-Up:

Nippgen's article from the "Revue Antropologique" is certainly worthy of your attention. We will also have to find Edith Durham's rendering of the case, which may or may not offer us further details.

© 2015 by Rob Brautigam - NL - Last changed January 2015

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