Rituals aiming to prevent dead people from turning into vampires were practiced in Bulgaria until quite recently, according to renowned Bulgarian archeologist Nikolay Ovcharov.
The archeologist, nicknamed “Bulgaria’s Indiana Jones”, added that only 25-30 years ago in some of the Bulgarian villages there was a special person responsible for sticking the dead bodies with stakes – a ritual aiming to prevent the body from turning into a vampire.
Over 100 buried people whose corpses were stabbed to prevent them from becoming vampires have been discovered across Bulgaria over the years.
The latest “vampire” was unearthed September in the Bulgarian Black Sea town of Nessebar.
Their idea of vampires are different than our pop culture versions. I can speak of why these stories live on or if this is accurate. Additional info is appreciated. We do know that stories of the undead may never die.