Ever feel the Goosebumps while walking through a graveyard and a scary thought, “are the undead’s eyes watching my every move?” strikes your mind? Well, you are not alone!
A few years ago, two skeletons were found with stones wedged in their mouths. The skeletons are supposed to be buried this way and are almost 1,300 years old. Our ancestors might use to believe that to prevent the undead from rising and haunting the living, putting a stone inside their mouths would keep them inside the grave
A documentary featuring the work of geneologists and archaeologists showed that this practice aimed to put off corpse from becoming “Revenants.”
The documentary says that “unusual funerals” are allied with revenants and vampires — poltergeists who were supposed to come back from their graves among the living — unless some serious steps were taken.
Many skeletons from Co Roscommon date to a time in the 700s, way long before vampires appeared in European folklore, but right at a time when society believed ghosts and revenants came back to the livings to haunt their loved ones or take revenge on those who had grudges while living.
At the childhood home of Hollywood celebrity Maureen O’Sullivan, two male skeletons were discovered alongside in that historic site.
This historic site neglects Lough Key at Kilteasheen, Knockvicar. In a mission funded by the Royal Irish Academy in the duration of 2005 and 2009, archaeologists and geneologists dig up 137 skeletons from 3,000 obscured during numerous centuries on top of each other.
The head of the project who led the detailed tests and dig of the skeletons, revealed at first they thought they had discovered a Black Death-correlated burial ground, but radiocarbon dating lined that theory out. Now they have swayed the male skeletons, which were an older and a younger man found placed beside each other and are from an era about 700 years prior and the rocks in their mouths reveal the ancient fear of revenants.
In Irish folklore, there is a tradition of revenants. It has been suggested that Bram Stoker, an author, got the brainwave for Dracula not from a Romanian folk story but from an Irish legend that was about a wicked chief who had to be killed 3 times after he came back seeking blood to uphold him.