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Vampires, Burial, and Death by Paul Barber
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Jan 05, 2012

really liked it

A must for any anthropologist / folklorist or anyone who's ever read an Ann Rice novel (and especially so for Twilight fans - this might explain why every other vampire fan is down on their s---.)

Barber does a wonderful job of not only successfully describing the differences between "popular" vampires and "folkloric" vampires - but then goes on to describe the forensics involved as to how and why these legends came about, including soil quality, animal behavior, as well as local superstition.

If you are interested in vampires at all, I highly recommend this book, as it gives a very insightful look as to how the folklore originated, as well as how it developed.

(note, this book came out around the time of the movie "Bram Stoker's Dracula" by Coppola, and so there is no mention of "Twilight" or vampires 'sparkling'.)
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