Thomas Schuermann

Dead who smack their lips and how to fight them in early modern time.

Published: 2009-08-08 | DOI: 10.54799/VRNQ7816


Well before modern time a forerunner of the vampire concept was widespread in Central Europe according to which certain dead, Nachzehrer ("afterwards devourers"), claim victims from within their graves by gnawing at their own bodies or clothes. This concept is clearly testified since the end of the 15th century. Following epidemics, the fear of Nachzehrer spread presumably from Silesia to other parts of Germany during the 16th century. In most regions it soon lost its importance; in some parts of Central Europe, however, it remained influential into the 20th century.

How to Cite

Schuermann, Thomas. 2009. “Dead Who Smack Their Lips and How to Fight Them in Early Modern Time”. EAZ – Ethnographisch-Archaeologische Zeitschrift 50 (1/2):235-47.
Cover EAZ Vol. 50, No. 1+2 (2009)
Cover EAZ Vol. 50, No. 1+2 (2009)
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