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Saint Photios the Great's Prayer for Rebuking Ghouls
« on: April 19, 2017, 09:46:48 AM »
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The following prayer was discovered in 1926 in the highly interesting Tübingen Euchologion, an 13th-century Book of Needs from Constantinople, currently housed in the library of the University of Tübingen. It appears under the heading, "A Prayer for Rebuking and Putting to Rest Ghouls that Dwell in Cemeteries, by Photios, Patriarch of Constantinople." The prayer appears in no other extant manuscript and its attribution to Photios has no corroboration. It is one of the earliest instances in Greek literature of the word βρυκόλακας (rendered as "ghoul" here).

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Re: Saint Photios the Great's Prayer for Rebuking Ghouls
« Reply #1 on: April 20, 2017, 07:47:16 AM »
I posted a link to that on a FB group and someone commented, 'Zombie hordes, the Orthodox are ready for you'. And now I want someone to write an Orthodox zombie apocalypse novel. Or graphic novel, I'm not overly fussed. :D
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Re: Saint Photios the Great's Prayer for Rebuking Ghouls
« Reply #2 on: April 20, 2017, 08:05:20 AM »
Ghosts, evil eye and now ghouls. I love Orthodoxy.
I just need to find out how to say it in Slavonic!

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Re: Saint Photios the Great's Prayer for Rebuking Ghouls
« Reply #3 on: April 20, 2017, 08:27:28 AM »
Ghosts, evil eye and now ghouls. I love Orthodoxy.

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Re: Saint Photios the Great's Prayer for Rebuking Ghouls
« Reply #4 on: April 20, 2017, 09:23:43 AM »
Don't leave out the Kallikanzaroi.
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Re: Saint Photios the Great's Prayer for Rebuking Ghouls
« Reply #5 on: April 20, 2017, 09:26:57 AM »
Don't leave out the Kallikanzaroi.

Not cryptids, those. ;D
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Re: Saint Photios the Great's Prayer for Rebuking Ghouls
« Reply #6 on: April 20, 2017, 11:48:23 AM »
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The Greeks traditionally believed that a person could become a vrykolakas after death due to a sacrilegious way of life, an excommunication, a burial in unconsecrated ground, or eating the meat of a sheep which had been wounded by a wolf or a werewolf.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vrykolakas
This sounds a bit like the "Uniates become strigoi" thing.
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Re: Saint Photios the Great's Prayer for Rebuking Ghouls
« Reply #7 on: April 20, 2017, 11:54:44 AM »
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The Greeks traditionally believed that a person could become a vrykolakas after death due to a sacrilegious way of life, an excommunication, a burial in unconsecrated ground, or eating the meat of a sheep which had been wounded by a wolf or a werewolf.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vrykolakas
This sounds a bit like the "Uniates become strigoi" thing.

Someone once shared about how people in a village back home (wherever that was) would burn a candle in a bowl of rice next to a deceased person, and later would scatter the rice outside the house so that, if they came back as a werewolf/ghoul, they would be too distracted by gathering up the individual grains of rice to enter the house.

Those may not be the exact details, but it's close.

EDIT: Apparently I mentioned this before and the Romanians confirmed it's a thing, except with wheat berries
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