More modern Greek belief is actually in something called βρυκόλακας, vrykolakas, though also referred to as καταχανάδες, katakhanades. The belief in vampires became so widespread that it became a custom to dig up their deceased after three years, coat them in wine, and let a priest say a prayer over the body. If the body did not appear appropriately decomposed, they had other methods of dealing with the so-called vampire. They had reasons they believed that someone became a vampire and perhaps the corpses dug up that met these requirements were thought to be a vampire without any sufficient evidence. If someone had been excommunicated, had desecrated a religious day, committed a great crime, or died alone, the body was suspect.
As you can see, the Greeks have had a history that involves vampirism. My Spellbound series has its own unique connection between Greek myth and vampires. That is why I am giving away a signed set of the first three books in the Spellbound series (Bound to Remember, Unbound, Bound to You) to one lucky entrant. This giveaway is open to US residents only and the winner will be selected using Random.org via rafflecopter.
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