THE OCCULT : A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z

Magia Posthuma

This short treatise on Vampirism was published at Olmutz in 1706, and was written by Ferdinand de Schertz. Calmet reviewed it in his 'dissertation in vampires', saying, "The author relates a story of a woman that dies in a certain village, after having received all the sacraments, and was buried with the usual ceremonies, in the churchyard. About four days after her death, the inhabitants of the village were affrighted with an uncommon noise and outcry, and saw the sceptre, sometimes in the shape of a dog, and sometimes in that of a man, which appeared to great multitudes of people, and put them to excessive pain by squeezing their throats, and pressing their breasts, almost to suffocation.

There were several whose bodies he bruised all over, and reduced them to the utmost weakness, so that they grew pale, lean and disfigured. His fury was sometimes so great as not to spare the very beasts, for cows were frequently found beat to the earth, half dead: at other times with their tails tied to one another and their hideous lowings sufficiently expressed the pain that they felt. Horses were often found almost wearied to death, foaming with sweat and out of breath as if they had been running a long and tiresome race, and these calamities continued for several months".

The author of this dissertation investigated the reports, and detailed similar happenings throughout history.

THE OCCULT : A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z

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