Thursday, December 10, 2009

Ancient Twilight


Believe it or not, this is not the first time entire societies have had a completely ridiculous obsession with vampires. The people of the middle ages would much rather hunt vampires and perform exorcisms than make cheesy movies about them but they were, nonetheless, obsessed. The decomposition of human bodies was not a process that was widely understood at the time, which pushed most commoners to believing in blood sucking monsters. The decomposition process makes a body look as if blood is coming out of its nose and mouth so people immediately assumed it was from the monsters latest snack.
Lazzaretto Nuovo is a small island near Venice where the first evidence of an exorcism was found. The woman’s jawbone had a brick pushed into it, which was a technique used on suspected vampires. Inserting bricks or s4tones into the “vampires” mouth was said to stop the creature from spreading the plague. It isn’t often that archaeologists are able to diagnose something they find as being “undead”, but Matteo Borrini was first to get the chance.



Keely O'Brien
Period 7

3 comments:

Stefanie said...

That's so crazy that they thought that by putting bricks in their mouths that vampires wouldn't spread!! It's also pretty weird that we're not the only people that are obsessed with vampires!

Elisabeth said...

This was a very interesting post! It really made me think about what I would have thought if I lived back then or if I would have been considered a vampire.

Elisabeth said...

This was a very interesting post! It really made me think about what I would have thought if I lived back then or if I would have been considered a vampire.