Jun 12, 2008

History of the Vampire

I recently came across quite an interesting blog called Magia Posthuma

Owner Niels K Petersen describes its mission. "On several occasions, particularly on the periphery of the Habsburg Empire during the 17th and 18th centuries, dead people were suspected of being revenants or vampires, and consequently dug up and destroyed. Contemporary authors named this phenomenon Magia Posthuma. This blog is dedicated to understanding what happened and why."

In a sidebar her writes,"
Magia Posthuma is the title of a book written by the Catholic lawyer Karl Ferdinand von Schertz in 1704. In the book von Schertz examines the case of a spectre that roamed about and harmed the living. Several of these cases were known in Moravia where von Schertz published his book, as well as in neighbouring areas. Only two decades later, a similar case was investigated by Austrian officials in North Eastern Serbia. The local people called the spectre a vampire...."

The Danish Mr. Petersen writes in a very elegant English. Love it! Check out his blog!


Niels K. Petersen said...

Thank for your very nice comment on my blog!

Patricia said...

You're very welcome! I'm always excited to come across a new and interesting blog site.