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John Cuthbert Lawson :
"Modern Greek Folklore and Ancient Greek Religion" 
Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, 1910
In John Cuthbert Lawson's book (see above) we can find chapter 4, "The Relation of Soul and Body". Paragraph 1 of this chapter is called: "The modern Greek Vampire". Somewhere in this chapter and paragraph Lawson repeats a story that he has found in Francois Richard's "Relation de ce qui s'est passť de plus remarquable a Sant-Erini Isle de l'Archipel, depuis l'establissement des Peres de la compagnie de Jesus en icelle":
"When exorcisms fail, they tear the heart out, cut it to pieces, and then burn the whole body to ashes. At Stampalia (Astypalaea), he proceeds, a short time before my arrival (about the middle of the seventeenth century) five bodies were so treated, those of three married men, a Greek monk, and a girl."
The date that we have been given is the middle of the 17th Century.
As to the location, Astypalea is a Greek island which is situated somewhere between the islands of Santorini and Kos.
Check out Lawson's book and see what else he has to tell. And then go find and read Francois Richard's "Relation de ce qui s'est passť de plus remarquable a Sant-Erini Isle de l'Archipel, depuis l'establissement des Peres de la compagnie de Jesus en icelle".
© 2011 by Rob Brautigam - NL - Last changed December 2011