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The Source:

Henry Fanshawe Tozer:
"The Islands of the Aegean"
Clarendon Press, Oxford, 1890

The Case:

"I enquired about the Kathakanas, that being the peculiar name by which the Vampire is known in Crete and Rhodes, instead of the usual Vrykolakas; though the word is of some antiquity, being found in the mediaeval Greek poem of 'A Lament on Constantinople' in the sense of 'a destroyer'. The answer was that such spectres were never seen there; but that after the end of the first insurrection, in Sphakia, where many people were killed, such apparitions showed themselves, and the bodies of the dead were seen to move about over the face of the country."

The Date:

For the moment, let us simply file the case as "before 1890".

The Place:

Sphakia or rather Sfakia can be found on the South coast of Crete.

Possible Follow-Up:

Go check out Tozer's report and see what else he has to say. And of course we will have to get a better date. The events are reported to have taken place "after the end of the first insurrection". So dive into Cretan history and find out when that may have been...

2012 by Rob Brautigam - NL - Last changed March 2012

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