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John Cuthbert Lawson:
"Modern Greek Folklore and ancient Greek religion - a study in survivals"
Cambridge University Press, 1910
Lawson quotes from the work of Francois Richard, who is writing about the burning of Vrykolakes:
"Only two years ago they burnt two bodies in the island of Siphanto for the same reason ; and rarely does a year pass in which people do not speak with dread of these false resuscitations."
As to the date, 2 years before the publication of Richard's book so let's say around 1655.
Siphanto turns out to an old name for the island Sifnos which can be found to the West of Naxos.
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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