Vampires, Burial, and Death

ISBN-10: 0300164815
ISBN-13: 9780300164817
Edition: 2010
Authors: Paul Barber
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Description: In this engrossing book, Paul Barber surveys centuries of folklore about vampires and offers the first scientific explanation for the origins of the vampire legends. From the tale of a sixteenth-century shoemaker from Breslau whose ghost terrorized  More...

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Book details

List price: $24.00
Copyright year: 2010
Publisher: Yale University Press
Publication date: 4/20/2010
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 256
Size: 6.50" wide x 9.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.748
Language: English

In this engrossing book, Paul Barber surveys centuries of folklore about vampires and offers the first scientific explanation for the origins of the vampire legends. From the tale of a sixteenth-century shoemaker from Breslau whose ghost terrorized everyone in the city, to the testimony of a doctor who presided over the exhumation and dissection of a graveyard full of Serbian vampires, his book is fascinating reading. "This study's comprehensiveness and the author's bone-dry wit make this compelling reading, not just for folklorists, but for anyone interested in a time when the dead wouldn't stay dead."Booklist "Barber's inquiry into vampires, fact and fiction, is a gem in the literature of debunking... [and] a convincing exercise in mental archaeology."Roy Porter,Nature "A splendid book about the undead, illuminated by the findings of morbid anatomy.... The main value of this most interesting book is to remind us how far we have come in our ability to explain the world and how this has released us from at least some terrors."Anthony Daniels,Spectator "This book is fascinating reading for physicians and anthropologists as well as anyone interested in folklore."R. Ted Steinbock, M.D.,Journal of the American Medical Association "A fascinating and pain-staking (sorry!) thesis, which welds together folklore, epidemic panic, communal stupidity, and forensic and funereal science."Huw Knight,New Scientist

Paul Barber is Senior Lecturer at the University of Chester, UK and a registered adult and mental health nurse possessing over 35 years experience. He is also co-author of "Essentials of Pharmacology for Nurses 2e" (Open University Press, 2012)Joy Parkes is Senior Lecturer at University of Chester, UK. She is also a registered adult nurse and midwife and holds a Diploma in Health and Holistic Therapies.Diane Blundell is Senior Lecturer at University of Chester, UK and a registered adult nurse.

Preface to the 2010 Edition
Preface
Introduction
Peter Plogojowitz
The Shoemaker of Silesia
Visum et Repertum
De Tournefort's Vrykohkas
How Revenants Come into Existence
The Appearance of the Vampire
Apotropaics I
Apotropaics II
Search and Destroy
The Vampire's Activity
Some Theories of the Vampire
The Body after Death
Actions and Reactions
Hands Emerging from the Earth
Down to a Watery Grave
Killing the Vampire
Body Disposal and Its Problems
The Soul after Death
Keeping Body and Soul Apart
Conclusion
Notes
Bibliography
Index

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