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The Source:

"Acta Pestilentialia - Protocollum 1738"
kept in the Magyar Országos Levéltár (Hungarian State Archive)

as quoted by

Laszlo Andras Magyar:
"Die Siebenbürgische Vampir-Krankheit"

The Case:

"In einem archivalischen Dokument sind in Verbindung mit der Pest des Jahres 1738 in Újpalánka, eine „Vampirtätigkeit" und verschiedene Schutzmethoden (Verbrennung des Leichnams usw.) verzeichnet."

which more or less translates into:

In an archive document about the 1738 plague in Ujpalanka there is mention of vampire activity and various anti-vampire measures, like the cremation of the corpse.

The Date:

We have been given a clear date: the plague year of 1738.

The Place:

In those days Ujpalanka or Uj-Palanka appears to have been the district capital of the "Banat von Temeswar", a province of Hungary. Hence the Hungarian name. It can now be found in Serbia, on the North side of the Danube river, West of Novi Sad and at the Croatian Border. It now has the Serbian name Backa Palanka.

Possible Follow-Up:

You can start by reading Laszlo Andras Magyar's excellent report. And if you manage to find back those documents in the "Acta Pestiletialia", I will raise a glass of Hungarian wine and drink to your health.

© 2014 by Rob Brautigam - NL - Last changed November 2014

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