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The Source:

Thomas Schürmann:
"Nachzehrerglauben in Mitteleuropa"
Marburg, 1990

The Case:

I will quote Mr. Schürmann:

"Von pestauslösendem Schmatzen im Grabe, das sich 1584 in Schifelbein (wohl Schivelbein in Pommern) zugetragen haben soll,ist in einem Gedicht des Ignatius Hanniel über die dortige Pest die rede."

Which more or less means that the plague-spreading mastication in the grave which is said to have taken place in Schifelbein in 1584, is mentioned in a poem written by Ignatius Hanniel.

In a footnote Thomas Schürmann makes reference to the books of Bohemus and Garmann. I failed to find any connection with Schifelbein or Hanniel, so I take it must be something to do with the poem itself.

The Date:

We have been given the year of 1584.

The Place:

Schifelbein or Schivelbein is now called Swidwin. It can be found in the North-West of Poland.

Possible Follow-Up:

In a footnote Thomas Schürmann remarks: "Das Gedicht selbst ist bibliographisch nicht nachgewiesen." It looks like he is right. I did find letters written by Ignatius Hanniel. And I found a thesis written by him. There were various books co-written with others. But sadly I did not find the poem. Maybe you will have better luck.

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