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John Cuthbert Lawson:
"Modern Greek Folklore and ancient Greek religion - a study in survivals"
Cambridge University Press, 1910
This is what Lawson tells us (Quoting from Francois Richard):
"The Abbé considered this possession by the devil to be a proof of the truth of the Greek persuasion, alleging that no Mohammedan or Roman Catholic ever became a vrykolakas. This however is not strictly accurate, for in Santorini a Roman priest, who had apostatized and turned Mohammedan and who for his many crimes was finally hanged, appeared after death and was only disposed of by burning. "
Maybe it is best that we simply file the case as "before 1657".
Santorini is one of the Cyclades. The island is in fact an old volcano that was partly destroyed by a giant eruption around 1450 BC. Much of the original island/volcano was destroyed during the eruption. There are those who try to connect the island to the disappearance of the legendary Atlantis.
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 passé 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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