Many vampires depicted in the media, pop culture, and literature have been male. However, the allure of the female vampire may have made vampires more popular today, and there are important female vampires out there. For example, few crimes against women have had such an impact on history as the crimes of Countess Elisabeth Bathory of Exed. Even if you don’t know the name, chances are you’ve heard stories of his legendary sadism.
According to the Guinness Book of World Records, Bathory has the disturbing honor of being the most prolific female killer. But there are those who claim that the Countess was a real female vampire and even had a key influence on Bram Stoker when writing his most popular novel, Dracula. Be that as it may, Bathory was considered a vampire, a torturer, a creature beyond the human, who bathed in the blood of the innocent in order to maintain her appearance. As is often the case, the truth behind this story is far scarier. But there are many more female vampires in the world, like the one discovered in a 17th-century cemetery in Poland.
The remains of a “vampire woman” have been discovered by archaeologists in a 17th-century cemetery in Pien, Poland. Professor Dariusz Poliński and a team of researchers from the Nicolaus Copernicus University in Toruń were excavating when they discovered the skeletal remains of a woman who had been nailed to the ground with a sickle in her throat.
The popular agricultural tool was commonly used by superstitious Poles in the 1600s to try and hold onto a dead person who was thought to be a vampire so he couldn’t rise from the dead.
“The sickle was not laid flat, but placed around the neck so that if the deceased tried to stand up … the head would be cut off or wounded,” Polinsky told the British newspaper Daily Mail.
The professor also noted that the deceased woman had a padlock on her toe, further bolstering the theory that she was thought to be a vampire at the time of her death. Polinski claimed that the lock was used during the burial process to symbolize the “impossibility of return”.
The investigators did not name the age of the deceased, but stated that the silk cap found on her skull testifies to her high social status. According to The Smithsonian Journal, Eastern Europeans began to fear vampires in the 11th century, believing that some dead people would rise from the grave as blood-sucking monsters that would frighten the living. In the 17th century, unusual burial practices became commonplace in Poland in response to the vampire invasion.
According to Polinski, there is still no consensus among scholars about how people came to be classified as “vampires,” but in some cases they were brutally executed in different parts of the continent. And even after their death, their bodies were mutilated to ensure that they did not cause misfortune to the inhabitants of nearby cities.
“Other ways to protect against the return of the dead include cutting off their heads or legs, placing the dead face down to gnaw on the ground, burning them and crushing them with a stone,” continued Polinski’s explanation.
The discovery of the “vampire woman” in Pien, located in the south of the country, comes seven years after the remains of five other suspected vampires were found in the town of Drawsko, 210 kilometers away. The five vampires that were found there were similarly buried with sickles in their throats.
And in 2013, the New York Post reported that archaeologists had discovered a “vampire grave” on the outskirts of the city of Gliwice, where many decapitated skeletons with severed heads attached to their feet were found.
There is some controversy over the existence of vampires. If we consider people who drink other people’s blood for pleasure, then the answer is yes. A 2015 poll by the Atlanta Vampire Alliance found that at least 5,000 people in the United States identify as vampires. real. While many people with blood fetishes actually refer to themselves as “blood,” however, others identify as real vampires and, like fictional creatures, avoid sunlight and drink donated human blood.
Blood-drinking vampires can be found on six of the seven continents, so it seems to be a worldwide thing, and there are different forms, different cultures, different countries. So it can be said that vampires do exist and have made us all think differently.
Do vampires really exist?