(ORDO NEWS) — A mass burial known as a “vampire grave” was discovered in Poland. The skulls of the skeletons were wedged between their legs and with coins in their mouths.
This was done in order to prevent the rising of “monsters” from the grave. This is reported by The First News.
According to Polish legends, vampires hid in ancient crypts and roamed the streets at night in search of innocent souls.
In a grave found near a 19th-century cemetery in the village of Luzine, hundreds of skeletons and a huge number of scattered bones were discovered, located in three crypts.
Archaeologists explain that in rural Poland in the 19th century, decapitation of “vampires” was a common practice, and coins in the mouth protected against curses.
“It was believed that if a member of the deceased’s family died soon after the funeral, then he could be a vampire. Therefore, after the burial, the grave was dug up and the deceased’s head was cut off, which was then placed at the feet,” says scientist Maciej Stromski.
Such rituals were widespread not only in Poland, but also in Europe. For example, in some countries, a peg or a metal rod was inserted into the heart of the deceased.
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