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A most interesting tradition indeed. In Slovenia we don't have any documented vampire stories or superstitions despite the fact our folklore is well documented. Anyway do you folks think that this vampire superstition might be connected with old Serb practice of having graveyards in local forest? (that's what i have heard i am not sure how true is this)

Probably. The old slavs (at least in the balkans) used to bury their dead under the entrance of the house. They though that the souls of the dead would remain drawn to their resting place and thus protect their former  household.

So it would make sense that they saw graveyards as dangerous, haunted places and would build them outside of settlements. Usually the souls wandered about 40 days before leaving this world. Vampires were seen as souls that remained in their bodies.

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