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Beyond the black mouth of the cursed cave lurked the unfleshed Edit Did You Know? Add the first question. Was this review helpful to you? Barber expertly separates fact from folklore but also shows how they intertwine, in ways that uneducated locals were unaware of. Their account of the often bizarre mysteries of death makes sense when you understand, as Barber shows us, that they believed Nature to have will and personal agency. We moderns are still free to examine their accounts for truthful clues about the reality of nature contained within them. Many apotropaics were applied to decomposing bodies not properly settled in their graves, since the pre-scientific peoples were not familiar with the facts of decomposition but only with rigor mortis, which they expected to last.
Apr 12, Dfordoom rated it really liked it Shelves: He demonstrates that most of the stories about vampires in folklore ultimately derive from a lack of understanding of the processes that bodies undergo after death. Natural processes were misinterpreted a evidence that a body was not decomposing and that therefore the dead person had in some degree returned to life or at least a kind of half life.
He provides some fascinating anecdotes about burial prac In Vampires, Burial and Death Paul Barber sets out to find the truth behind vampire folklore. He provides some fascinating anecdotes about burial practices. The most interesting things in the book, for me, were the parts that describe folkloric beliefs about the soul. This explains some of the beliefs about vampires not casting reflections, and also explains some odd customs regarding mirrors and corpses.
Some of the descriptions of decomposition, or of bodies that were dug up, or washed out of their graves by floods or similar events, are not for the faint-hearted. Barber concentrates mostly on European folklore although he does offer some intriguing observations from 19th century America as well, and also briefly touches on some Native American legends. A must for anyone interested in either vampires or in folklore regarding death. Nov 17, Rita Dinis rated it it was amazing. Well, I bought this book without really knowing what I was doing. There are lots of books that try to explain the phenomenon and after expending some time searching and reading reviews, I ended up buying this one.
And I gotta tell you, it was worth it. It's the kind of book to read slowly, ideal for those moments when you don't want to do anything else and want to relax a bit. Th Well, I bought this book without really knowing what I was doing.
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The basic approach on the subject is amazingly done, the text fluidity is ideal and the way the book is organized is great. It is a great reading and we get to see an amazing perspective of how superstitious people were back then. An essential to those who like the subject. Very down-to-earth and accurate. Apr 12, Megan rated it really liked it Shelves: Why is the idea of vampires so pervasive in world cultures? Where did the idea of blood-sucking ghouls come from?
This book presents a very convincing theory in a little under pages. The author starts by differentiating vampires in fiction supposed to be intriguing from the vampires of folklore. Since fictional vampires are pretty much by definition made up, the author concentrates on vampire folklore - what people used to believe about vampires. Vampires are the result of an e Why is the idea of vampires so pervasive in world cultures? Vampires are the result of an enormous misunderstanding - a misunderstanding about why people die pathology and decomposition biology.
The descriptions of vampires in folklore are fascinating; the old beliefs are so different from the fiction and what we understand today. My only complaint about this book is chapter 12, which describes decomposition in WAY too much detail.
Vampires, Burial, and Death: Folklore and Reality
If you're squeamish, you may want to skip it. Oct 29, Patrick Murtha rated it it was amazing. Anyone with an interest in vampires needs to investigate this marvelous book by Paul Barber, a rare scholarly study that is written with verve, wit, and charm. Barber reminds us that the undead of folklore have precious little in common with Bram Stoker's Dracula or Anne Rice's Lestat -- those are completely modern concoctions.
The traditional vampire is, in fact, a corpse. And not a corpse in any too good shape, either!
Barber includes more information about the body after death than you could Anyone with an interest in vampires needs to investigate this marvelous book by Paul Barber, a rare scholarly study that is written with verve, wit, and charm. Barber includes more information about the body after death than you could ever have imagined, and yet somehow manages to maintain a jolly tone while he discusses the details of decomposition and other potentially gut-churning subjects. I laughed out loud at lines like these: Jan 05, Nathan rated it really liked it.
Barber does a wonderful job of not only successfully describing the differences between "popular" vampires and "folkloric" vampires - but then goes on to describe the forensics involved as to how and why these legends came about, including soil quality, animal behavior, as well as local superstition. If you are interested in vampires at all, I highly recommend this book, as it gives a very insightful look as to how the folklore originated, as well as how it developed.
Feb 25, Sirensaria rated it it was amazing Shelves: Now I understand why this book has been sited over and over. I can't even begin to go over the information that is in this book. And it's NOT because I haven't read many books. I own quite a few books regarding historical vampires, way more than I care to admit, and all of them I have read at least once. This is definitely on my top five favorite list. The best part is that it's not JUST about vampires, it's als Now I understand why this book has been sited over and over. The best part is that it's not JUST about vampires, it's also about burial customs and there are even some bits of cultural information.
I just finished the book and already I want to start reading it over! May 13, Rachel rated it liked it. In Vampires, Burial, and Death, Barber differentiates between vampires of folklore and those of popular fiction with a very strong emphasis on those of folklore. He rigorously notes the common traits of folklore vampires blood at the mouth, bloating, groaning when staked, red face, etc.
The content of this book is very interest In Vampires, Burial, and Death, Barber differentiates between vampires of folklore and those of popular fiction with a very strong emphasis on those of folklore. However, the narrative was a little drier than necessary. I enjoyed learning, but wished it could have been a little more engaging!
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Apr 17, Kalyn rated it liked it. This is a very well-researched look into the folklore of vampires almost exclusively European. He also explores reasons why certain beliefs existed including the characteristics of dead bodies that were thought to signify vampirism and which were fairly common in bodies. The writing is very scholarly - this reads like a r This is a very well-researched look into the folklore of vampires almost exclusively European.
The writing is very scholarly - this reads like a research dissertation - but it is very informative. Oct 01, Brian Spuy rated it really liked it. A rather grisly but absolutely fascinating account of the likely origin of vampire legends - nothing to do with Count Dracula, but with pre-scientific people misunderstanding the process of decomposition of bodies after death. Because of the rather graphic descriptions of supposed vampires and the decomposition process, it is also an excellent appetite suppressant, and highly recommended for anyone on a diet.
Jul 05, Stephen rated it really liked it Shelves: Starts out trying to understand why lots of cultures believe in vampires. Eventually the author realized that belief in vampires is closely correlated with ignorance of what happens to dead bodies. So he studies -- in icky detail -- what actually happens when bodies decompose. Pretty danged fascinating; makes me want to read more about decomposition, honestly. Is highly repetitive, though; worth skimming. Extremely interesting book about different vampire myths across Europe from the 18th century. Oct 06, Kimiya Roudgar rated it it was ok Shelves: At first it seemed like it was a good read but it kind of started repeating stuff after a while.
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