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Original scientific paper

VAMPIRES IN DALMATIA: THE EXAMPLE OF THE VILLAGE OF ŽRNOVO ON THE ISLAND OF KORČULA IN THE EIGHTEENTH CENTURY

Lovorka Čoralić ; Croatian Institute of History
Željko Dugac ; Institute of History and Philosophy of Science, Department for the History of Medicine, Croatian Academy of Sciences and Arts
Sani Sardelić ; City Museum of Korčula


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Abstract

The principal area of interest of this essay is the analysis of a document from the State Archive of Venice (the archival series Capi del Consiglio dei Dieci: Lettere di Rettori e di altre cariche) connected to an episode from 1748, when the inhabitants of the village of Žrnovo on the island of Korčula in Croatia (Dalmatia) opened several tombs in the local cemetery, because they feared the malicious activity of vampires. This essay tries to discuss the social circumstances of this event and local ethnographic traditions concerning superstition.

Keywords

Dalmatia, Korčula, Žrnovo, Venice, vampires, the eighteenth century

Hrčak ID:

138625

URI

https://hrcak.srce.hr/138625

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