View Full Version : On the Chewing Dead!

02-22-2010, 08:32 PM
People have been worried about Zombie outbreaks for a loooong time! :D Zombies!!! (http://channel.nationalgeographic.com/series/explorer/4816/Overview#tab-chewing-dead-manuscript)

National Geographic shows us a 330-year-old book that describes the fear of what we would call zombies or vampires. De Masticatione Mortuorum, Latin for “The Chewing Dead”, discusses the customs of the time for preventing corpses from rising up and eating the living. A portion is translated to English:

Our Common People attempt to avert the danger of chewing by placing under the chins of the dead a portion of recently excavated earth, lest they perhaps open their mouths and chew on the attached bands…

Others, who do not consider this a sufficiently safe measure, before the mouth of the dead is closed, also place a stone and a coin in the mouth, so that in the event that it begins to chew within the grave, it would find the stone and coin and would abstain from chewing. Which fact was witnessed in its time in a multitude of places in Saxonia by Gabriel


02-23-2010, 11:22 AM
These seem like common precautions, if you ask me. :cool:

02-23-2010, 11:38 AM
If I remember correctly from the 'Kolchak the Night Stalker' series in the early 70s one of the ways to kill a zombie was to fill its mouth with salt and sew its lips shut. There was also something about dangling it over some lit candles but I think that whole mouth thing was the important part.