Books I’ve Borrowed

In a previous entry (Hogg 2013), I mentioned sourcing out Tekla Dömötör’s Hungarian Folk Beliefs (1982) through interlibrary loan. I picked it up from the library today. What I didn’t mention, is that at the same time I’d ordered that book, I ordered another: Richard and Eva Blum’s The Dangerous Hour (1970).

Let’s start with the former book. Its preliminary material notes it’s a translation, originally titled A magyar nép hiedelemvilága and published in 1981 by Corvina. I’ve only had a chance to give it a cursory flip-through, but it’s index is pretty scanty when it comes to vampires, citing pages 27, 63, 116 and 117 for content (Dömötör 1982, 323), but I’m sure more will turn up if I nose around.

The second book is sometimes mentioned when Greek vampire lore is discussed. I turned to the index and found the “vampires” entry—which cited pages 372 and 374 (Blum 1970, 409). However, the term you’re probably more familiar with, when Greek vampires are discussed, is vrykolakas—which says “vrikolakes see revenants” (410). Revenants are given much more extensive coverage (406):

img004

They define revenants as “those dead whose souls have not departed to the other world” (70). I’ve had a read through some of the vrikolakes stories, and there are certainly parallels with aspects of Slavic vampire folklore—and the famous Phantom Hitchhiker urban legend (“Vanishing Hitchhiker” 2013), of all things.

All up, these books are definitely worth delving into further.

References

Blum, Richard, and Eva. 1970. The Dangerous Hour: The Lore of Crisis and Mystery in Rural Greece. With fieldwork assistance by Anna Amera and Sophie Kallifatidou. London: Chatto & Windus.

Dömötör, Tekla. 1982. Hungarian Folk Beliefs. Translated by Christopher M. Hann. Bloomington: Indiana University Press.

Hogg, Anthony. 2013. “Just Another Bite.” The Vampirologist, October 19. https://thevampirologist.wordpress.com/2013/10/19/just-another-bite/.

“Vanishing Hitchhiker.” 2013. Wikipedia, last modified October 18, at 01:16. Accessed October 22, 2013. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vanishing_hitchhiker.

Image

Blum, Richard, and Eva. 1970. The Dangerous Hour: The Lore of Crisis and Mystery in Rural Greece. With fieldwork assistance by Anna Amera and Sophie Kallifatidou. London: Chatto & Windus.

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Please log in using one of these methods to post your comment:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s