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The Source:

Edmund Schneeweis
"Grundriss des Volksglaubes und Volksbrauchs der Serbokroaten"
Druzba Sv.Mohorja v Celju, Celje, 1935

The Case:

It is not an awful lot that Schneeweis has to offer:

"According to an official protocol from Zajecar, dated 1st of June, 1839, people had cut out the hearts of 8 suspected vampires, cooked them in wine and put them back in."

The Date:

We have been given 1839 as the year for the official report.

The Place:

Zajecar is a town, close to the North West Serbian border with Bulgaria.

Personal Comments:

Now in case all of this sounds familiar, you have probably read the case that is listed under Sarbanovac. You might even wonder if this is the same case. And - yes - so it is. Then why am I listing the same case under two different place names ?

It is meant as a warning. Schneeweis makes no mention of Sarbanovac and only refers to Zajecar. So what can we do but file it under that name ? Mr. Fine informed us that the happenings actually took place in Sarbanovac. Which is why we have filed "his case" under that location. The problem is: authors may mention cases but very rarely give us all the information. Often we do get little bits here, and little bits there.

So what can we do to prevent this kind of mix-up ? If we put all of our information in a good database, we would probably have noticed that both cases mention Zajecar as well as the year 1839. The boiling of hearts too could have helpt us to clear up this mess.

Possible Follow-Up:

Obviously, it is the same as for Sarbanovac.

2011 by Rob Brautigam - NL - Last changed November 2011
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