Registered: May 2009
Location: Belgium (French is my mother language).
Methods of destroying suspected vampires varied,with staking the most commonly cited method,particularly in southern Slavic cultures.Ash was the preferred wood in Russia and the Baltic states,or hawthorn in Serbia,with a record of oak in Silesia. Potential vampires were most often staked through the heart,though the mouth was targeted in Russia and northern Germany and the stomach in north-eastern Serbia.Piercing the skin of the chest was a way of "deflating" the bloated vampire;this is similar to the act of burying sharp objects,such as sickles,in with the corpse, so that they may penetrate the skin if the body bloats sufficiently while transforming into a revenant.Decapitation was the preferred method in German and western Slavic areas,with the head buried between the feet,behind the buttocks or away from the body.This act was seen as a way of hastening the departure of the soul,which in some cultures,was said to linger in the corpse.Humans are good fellows!!!