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Monday, 31 December A New Year. My sincerest and best wishes for the new year to anyone visiting this blog! It has been interesting and fruitful to start blogging about the subject of magia posthuma and vampires. It has taken time from my primary work on the subject, but it has allowed me to get in touch with a small number of people around the globe sharing my interest, and they all seem to have their own perspective on the subject.
This feedback has mostly been via private e-mail, In that respect the blog has been a success, but hopefully this is only the beginning of establishing some more contact between those of us who are seriously interested in putting the early modern tales and books on vampires and other revenants in their historical and folkloric context.
Moravia, Banat or Serbia in the 17th and 18th centuries. So apart from hoping that I will find ample time to work on both my studies of the subject and this blog, it is my sincere wish that we can build some kind of network of people interested in this strange and morbid, yet somehow very giving subject. Although we are all, I suppose, hoping to give our individual and original contribution to the field, I believe that we can benefit from communicating our results and thoughts.
At least, it would be useful just to know what is going on.
So I hope to hear your comments, either through this blog or privately by e-mail, so it will be possible to assess the possibilities. This year has seen the publishing of David Keyworth ‘s Troublesome Corpses that is broader in its scope than what has previously been written in English, compiling a wealth of material on vampires and other “undead corpses”. Hopefully, will see more books and papers published on our subject. Myths and Metaphors of Enduring Evila new German annotated translation of Calmet ‘s Gelehrte Verhandlungand modern editions of Ranft ‘s Traktat and a couple of other booksso it will be interesting to see if more are on their way.
In any case, the game is afoot, and you have my best wishes for ! Posted by Niels K. Thursday, 27 December Worth longing for? When looking at ebayone German book keeps popping up numerous times.
I have so far resisted buying it, but it keeps turning up so I have considered buying it: Norbert Borrmann ‘s Vampirismus oder die Sehnsucht nacht Unsterblichkeit Vampirism or the longing for immortality. So why have I resisted?
On the other hand, Rob Brautigam writes of the book on his Shroudeater web site: Norbert Borrmann presents us with an interesting overview of Vampirism in which most vampire aspects seem to get a mention. So, perhaps, it is not as bad as Kreuter would have us believe? Peter Mario KreuterRob Brautigamvampire books. Wednesday, 26 December Observing, understanding and participating. Montague Summers obviously had a firm belief in witches and vampires, whereas modern scholars take on a more phenomenological approach, like e.
David Keyworth who writes in the introduction to his Troublesome Corpses: Darren Oldridgewhom I have quoted and referred to before — on vampire beliefs and observationsand on the rationality of our ancestors in general – on the other hand finds that it is essential that we try to understand the rationality of the strange histories of the past.
A marriage between the phenomenological approach and the attempt to understand is in my view beautifully described by Michael E. Bell in the prologue to Food for the Dead: Describing a class he attended during his education, he writes of folklorist Wayland Hand: This was not a rapid, catastrophic event like the extinction of the dinosaurs. It was, rather, a more lengthy demise with the final death blow administered by the Industrial Revolution.
As Wayland talked about the giants, I noticed that he stopped looking at us, and his eyes seemed to focus somewhere beyond the windowless walls of our Bunche Hall classroom. His voice, naturally soft, grew softer. He spoke about how Christians stigmatized the giants as devils, in league with Satan. Demonized, and no longer able to find refuge, the giants vanished.
He was describing the extinction of a species. I thought, this is incredible: Wayland Hand, a meticulous, reasoning scholar — a professional folklorist — actually believes in giants. XIII Personally, I would be careful in stating my own approach to understanding the background of magia posthuma in such terms, but I suppose that a true understanding requires that you attempt to come as close as possible to viewing the investigated phenomena through the eyes of the observers, in casu peasants, Austrian military personnel, Catholic priests, medical scholars etc.
In fact, this is also what Keyworth attempts to do: BellOldridgephenomenologysocial constructivismvampires. Papers on Calmet to be published in So where are you from? The above figure shows the locations of those who have visited this blog during the past month.
Taking into consideration that I have not been so active at posting during the past couple of months, quite a number of people seem to take a look at this blog, and obviously visitors come from various parts of the globe. Currently, USA is the region with most visits. And some of the visitors who get here via google or other search engines, are looking for subjects like magia posthumadom calmetkauen und schmatzen der todtenor vampire quizto name some of the most popular keywords.
Tuesday, 25 December Horrors from the past. Apropos of the Danish tale of an uncorrupted corpse, I would like to mention this interesting web site, Gys og gru fra fortiden Horrors from the paston Danish revenants and other horrifying creatures.
Unfortunately, it is only available in Danish, so most of you will probably only be able to appreciate the pictures. However, I might add that those familiar with e. German revenants will probably not be surprised to find that many of the ghosts and revenants of Denmark are similar to those of our neighbouring countries. Particularly interesting are the tales of people who conjure “maner” revenants to abstain from harassing the living and return to their graves.
The story of a corpse in Egtved. As it is christmas time, this short tale told by the mother of a man called Kristen Kabel in the Danish town of Egtved to Evald Tang Kristensen may be appropriate: Once when they had dug a grave in the cemetery in Egtvedthey found a complete corpse. The coffin had rotted until it crumbled, but the corpse looked as if it had only been a few days since it was put in the ground. It was a man from Torsted, who had been buried for some years, and he had had a girlfriend who lived in a house in Egtved.
It was close to christmas, so the corpse was but on a bier up in the church and should lie there during the christmas days, and of course they told the priest of it.
But then on christmas eve when the people at the rectory had dined, they began to talk about the corpse, and they promised a crazy old cowherd who wanted a drink, that if he went to the church and gave the corpse a spoonful of porridge, then he would get half a pint of brandy. When he got there and bended over the corpse, it locked its arms around his neck and told him that he should carry it down to a house in Egtved town the one in which his girlfriend had lived.
So when they got there, the dead man knocked on the window, and a woman came and opened for him. Then he asks her if she will stretch out her right hand to him as she had done once before.
He said that she shouldn’t give him her hand, but her right glove on a stick. In the meantime, the cowherd was standing with the dead man on his back. So she acted on the vicar’s advice, and when she withdrew the stick, the glove was pressed into dust. Then she told the cowherd jagia he should take the dead man and put him back to where he had taken him.
He did, magoa on christmas day, when people went to church, they were curious to see the corpse, but when they got there, only a poshhuma of dust was left.
Now he had found peace. The story is no. The volume was originally published in The translation is mine. Egtved is a town in Jutland in Denmark which is famous for the find of a Bronze age woman, the so-called Egtved girl. Pictures and information in Danish on the church and cemetery in Egtved is available here. DenmarkEvald Tang Kristensenfolklorerevenants.
According to this short text on Rohr ‘s De masticatione mortuorummagiia Masticatione Mortuorum or to use its full title Dissertatio Historico-Philosophica de Masticatione Mortuorum is now cult among the modern ‘vampire’ community, and a favourite name for death metal bands. According to various web sites they released one album and have now split up. Personally I find it pretty hard to relate to this association between the posthu,a of this blog and a musical magla which I find myself unable to appreciate.
Aesthetically and musically it is quite adverse to what I identify with.
Magia Posthuma – Encyclopaedia Metallum: The Metal Archives
I remember many years ago buying a LP titled Nosferatu by a band called Helstar because both the title and cover illustration referred to Murnau ‘s movie Nosferatu. Well, it was very hard to just listen to mxgia, so I have steered clear of that kind of records ever since.
But it seems to be a curious fact that people can have very different approaches to our subject of vampires and magia posthuma. Magia PosthumamusicNosferatuRohrvampire movies. Monday, 24 December Merry christmas!
After weeks of silence I have considered how to wish visitors of this blog a merry christmas. I found this book at The Royal Library in Copenhagen in the mid Eighties, when the book was virtually unknown.
Later on I noticed that Aribert Schroeder knew of it, when he wrote Vampirismus: Seine Entwicklung vom Thema zum Motiv inbut Schroeder’s book was and is for some reason unfortunately very scarce. Then, inTallar turned up a few times in Paul Barber ‘s Pposthuma, Burial, and Deathand later on he has been quoted by a few other mavia, so his investigations are getting their proper place in the history of magia posthuma.
Investigations that include interviewing and examining people who claim to be posthmua victims of vampires or moroi and the examination of corpses suspected of being vampires.
Sunday, 9 December The magiaa of Calmet. I have tracked auctions of Calmet ‘s book on revenants and vampires for some time, e. It seems that one may have to pay several hundreds of euros to obtain an early edition in various languages. There are no doubt a number of collectors looking for this famous book out there. Saturday, 8 December Silence I am aware that I have been unusually silent lately.
The end of the year is usually a pretty busy time in my life I suppose it is the same for a lot of those who visit this blogand consequently I have found it hard to give this blog as much time and attention posthima I would have preferred.