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The Sources:

John Cuthbert Lawson:
"Modern Greek Folklore and ancient Greek religion - a study in survivals"
Cambridge University Press, 1910

The Case:

"In Nio (Ios) a woman who was confessing to me affirmed that she had seen her husband again fifty days after burial, though already his grave had been once changed and the ordinary rites performed to lay him. He began however again to torment the people, killing actually some four or five ; so his body was exhumed for the second time and was publicly burnt."

The Date:

No specific date is given, but seeing as how the book that Lawson's info is based on was published in 1657, we are going to file this as "before 1657".

The Place:

Nio can be found on the island Ios, which can be found a little to the South of Naxos.

Possible Follow-Up:

Lawson tells us that he is quoting this story from a book by Francois Richard, a Jesuit Priest who lived on Santorini sometime in the 17th Century. The name of his book is: "Relation de ce qui s'est passť de plus remarquable a Sant-Erini, isle de l'Archipel, depuis l'etablissement des Peres de la Compagnie de Jesus en icelle" (Paris, 1657)

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