Wednesday, September 15, 2010


A Shroud-eater is the common English name for the Germanic Nachzehrer and Latin De Masticatione Mortuorum.

Unlike modern notions of vampires, shroud-eaters do not consume blood but rather the life-force of victims by consuming their grave shrouds, nearby buried corpses, and even their own bodies.

Shroud-eaters are commonly associated with plagues. The first victim of a plague was generally believed to be the vampire responsible for the plauge. Villages would often dig up corpses they suspected were shroud-eaters in order to dispatch them.

See Nachzehre - So What Is A Shroudeater?

'Shroud-Eaters': Odd burial is tied to legend of vampires

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