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The Sources:

Rennell Rodd:
"Customs and Lore of modern Greece"
David Stodd, London, 1892

The Cases:

I will quote Rennell Rodd:

"In the memoirs of M. Nicholas Dragoumis there is an interesting account of its effect on the population of Naxos, where early in the thirties a cholera epidemic had carried off a great number of victims. The rumour was circulated that the Naxian dead in the other world were so numerous that they had overpowered Charos, and were coming back again to earth to take possession of their own.

The fear of these Vourkolakes, as they called them, was so great that the inhabitants rushed to their houses at sunset, barred doors and windows, and piled the furniture against them; but often in vain, for the spectres entered through the keyholes and scared the living for many an anxious day.

The Vourkolakas is, however, generally ravenous. In the Naxian story, those who saw them referred to their horrible appearance and their urgent demands for food."

The Date:

We have been informed that the events have taken place in the early thirties (of the 19th Century), so we will file this case as around 1830.

The Place:

Naxos is a Greek island that can be found somewhere to the South-East of Athens.

Possible Follow-Up:

Obviously there is Rennell Rodd's book to check out. But I think it would be more interesting to try and find those "Memoirs" written by Nicholas Dragoumis.

2014 by Rob Brautigam - NL - Last changed September 2014

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